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Little, Brown vp, associate publisher and executive director of publicity Nicole Dewey is leaving at the end of April, to become managing director at Shreve Williams Public Relations as of May 1. Sabrina Callahan has been promoted to executive director of publicity at Little, Brown, effective immediately. Tiffany Liao has joined Holt Children's as editor.…

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Kristen Nobles has joined Page Street Publishing as publisher to launch its new children's book list. She spent the past 13 years at Candlewick and Walker Books Group, most recently as group art director. Co-publisher of Unbridled books Fred Ramey has launched Leaping Man, "a collaborative not-for-profit publishing and production company exploring the intersection…

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Doris Janhsen has been appointed publisher and ceo of Munich-based Droemer Knaur Publishing Group, as of July 1 and will the Holtzbrinck Buchverlage board. Currently, Janhsen is publisher at Oetinger, and she was publisher for hardcover fiction at Droemer from 2004 to 2006. Janhsen will succeed Hans-Peter Übleis, who will continue to serve as…

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Amazon Agrees to Break eBook Contractual Strangleholds In Europe

On Tuesday the European Commission announced proposed settlement "commitments" from Amazon to give up a variety of restrictive "parity clauses" in their ebook contracts with publishers across Europe, following  a "preliminary assessment" reached on December 9, 2016 concluding "the clauses may breach EU antitrust rules and result in reduced competition…

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People: Pallante to Head AAP, and More

Former Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante will join the Association of American Publishers on January 17 as the new president and ceo of the organization, taking over following the planned retirement of Tom Allen. She says in the announcement: "I am deeply inspired by the values of the American publishing…

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Tom Thompson has joined SMP as vp, creative services and advertising. Thompson most recently was svp, digital strategy/group director of Verso Advertising, where he worked for 10 years. At William Morrow, Emily Krump has been promoted to senior editor. Bookselling Barnes & Noble will close their downtown Minneapolis store at…

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HarperCollins Buys Out Ediouro In Brazil; Firebrand Launches Eloquence on Alert

HarperCollins has bought out Ediouro, its partner in HarperCollins Brasil, to take sole ownership of the venture. Harper Brasil is also moving its headquarters to Rua da Quitanda in Rio de Janeiro's financial center. CEO Brian Murray said in the announcement: "While we have enjoyed a successful relationship with Ediouro, we…

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Rakuten Kobo Acquires the Tolino Tech Platform from Deutsche Telekom

Rakuten Kobo announced on Tuesday they have signed contracts to acquire the Tolino ebook technology platform serving the German-language ebook market from founding partner Deutsche Telekom at the end of January 2017, pending approval from the German Federal Cartel Office. (That paperwork was filed December 22.) Kobo will join the three…

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PRH UK Returns to Negotiate New Collective Agreement

After a tumultuous week of stories that do not fully align, Penguin Random House UK and the two unions representing some of their employees are talking again, and reporting progress towards a new agreement. On Wednesday, PRH UK and the unions Unite and the National Union of Journalists issued a…

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Muted Greetings From Dohle, and A Lump of Coal As PRH UK Breaks Off with Unions

Penguin Random House ceo Markus Dohle dispatched a modest letter of holiday greetings to employees last Thursday (this year with no video accompaniment) that reaffirms the company's fundamental mission without dwelling on any of the year's particulars: "What a year this has been. As Penguin Random House, we managed changes,…

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