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Amazon Confirms Full-On Australian Expansion

After lengthy speculation, Amazon confirmed that it will indeed open a full online store in Australia. The company said in a statement, "The next step is to bring a retail offering to Australia, and we are making those plans now. We are excited to bring thousands of new jobs to Australia,…

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People, Etc.

Kim Van Der Zon joined the Barnes & Noble on April 5. She leads the global board practice at Egon Zehnder, a global board advisory, executive search and leadership consulting firm. Hachette Audio has announced a number of new hires and promotions. Tina McIntyre has moved over as senior executive director of…

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Penguin Random House to Acquire Barcelona-Based Ediciones B

Penguin Random House will add to its sprawling Spanish-language publishing program with a deal to acquire Ediciones B in Barcelona from Grupo Zeta. The company says the acquisition "will reinforce PRHGE's cultural preeminence and market share in Spain, Latin America, and across the entire Spanish-speaking world." Ediciones B's imprints also operate in Argentina,…

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International: Quarto Sells Hong Kong Services, Storytel Expands, and More

Following the sale of their ANZ Books & Gifts Direct business earlier this year, Quarto is continuing to slim the non-publishing part of their portfolio. They will sell their 75 percent stake in Hong Kong-based Regent Printing Services to 1010 Printing Group for $7 million (which includes $2.5 million for Quarto's share…

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International: Obamas' French Publisher, New Harlequin Line, and Awards

Hachette Livre's Fayard became the first publisher outside of the Penguin Random House family to announce that it has licensed rights, in France, to the forthcoming books by former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama. They also publish Hillary Clinton in French. Harlequin announced the launch of Harlequin…

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People, Etc.: Obamas Around the World

At Scribe in the UK: Molly Slight has been promoted to editorial and publicity manager, while Adam Howard moves up to publicist. Sophie Leeds has been promoted to digital marketing coordinator, and Sarah Braybrooke becomes managing director. Matt Klise has been promoted to assistant editor at Penguin Books. Laura Van der Veer…

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London Announcements from Storytel, Faber, and More

Sweden's acquisitive Storytel purchased People's Press in Denmark, which publishes about 100 titles a year, as of March 1. They paid approximately $10.7 million. People's Press had 2016 sales of about $14.5 million, and has a backlist of approximately 1,200 titles. Storytel acquired audiobook publisher Kontentan earlier this year, following last year's…

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Legal: European Court Disallows Lower Tax for eBooks, Harper Responds In Canada

Responding to a query brought by the Polish Constitutional Court, the European Court of Justice has ruled that member states may not apply a lower value added tax to downloadable ebooks or other publications -- even though lower taxes are allowed for books and other publications that are printed (and in turn,…

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Corporate: History Press Management Buyout, and More

In the UK, three members of management have acquired The History Press in a buyout from private equity firm Octopus Investments. Finance director Gareth Swain will take over as managing director since former MD Tim Davies did not participate in the buyout and has left the company. Laura Perehinec is now publishing…

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Hachette UK Buys Bookouture

Hachette UK has announced the acquisition of digital publisher Bookouture, founded by Oliver Rhodes in 2012. Rhodes will continue to run the unit, and will also serve in the new position of digital publisher at Hachette UK, "steering and advising" to "help increase ebook sale across the group," and join…

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