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New Amazon Charts Show What People Are Reading

Amazon has launched a "reimagined weekly bestseller list" that combines data from across all of their formats -- print, ebook, and digital audio. A new Top 20 Most Read list aims to show "what customers are really reading and listening to by looking at the average number of daily Kindle readers…

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New York City Launches Voting for One City One Book Selection

In advance of the scheduled launch event on Wednesday -- which we noted in brief on Tuesday -- details have been released on New York City's One Book, One New York program. After a couple of aborted efforts in the past, this one is officially on, under the auspices of…

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Penguin Random House Provides Free Digital Reads to NYC Subway Riders

For the next eight weeks, New York City subway riders can download free short stories and 175 book excerpts offered by Penguin Random House. It's part of PRH's "Subway Reads" promotion, in partnership with the MTA, "celebrating the installation of free wireless connectivity in more than 175 underground subway stations." The NYT…

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People, Etc.

Meghan Deans will join Ecco on June 13 as marketing director. She has been at Little, Brown, most recently as director of social media. At Clarkson Potter, Kim Tyner has been promoted to assistant production director. Harper Christian reports that longtime employee and vp of custom product development Joseph "Scott" Harvey, 52, died…

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Ruth Alltimes will become managing director of Hachette UK's consolidated children's book lines on August 8, reporting to group ceo Hilary Murray Hill, leaving her position as fiction publishing director at Harper UK Children's. Additionally, Anne McNeil has been promoted to senior publisher for Hodder Children's, Enid Blyton Entertainment and Quercus…

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Goodreads Enters eMail Deals Business

One tried and true digital marketing tool (for now, at least) is email deal newsletters, and now Goodreads is joining the game. Goodreads Deals will alert site members when an ebook on their "want to read" list or an author they follow is discounted. They are also offering daily deals email…

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People, Etc.

Marion Garner has been promoted to deputy publisher, vp of Penguin Random House Canada, continuing to report to president and publisher Kristin Cochrane. (Garner has been deputy publisher for the Random House Canada imprints). In the new, broader role, Garner "will have input into acquisitions, oversee the inventory of all our imprints, work closely with the imprint…

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Carter Op-Ed Claims "Full Story" on WATCHMAN Manuscript Discovery

Over the weekend all pretense of holding to the Tuesday embargo for reviews of GO SET A WATCHMAN evaporated. Michiko Kakutani went first late Friday, revealing in her NYT review (which essentially doubled as breaking news) that Harper Lee's original novel -- out of which resulted TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD…

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Quarto Reorganizes, On the Web

The Quarto Group has reorganized the presentation of its catalog of titles to consumers through the just-launched site QuartoKnows.com. The new organizational scheme takes titles from their 20 or so imprints in both the US and UK and presents them in 10 subject groups: Quarto Cooks, Quarto Homes, Quarto Drives, Quarto…

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Corporate: Harlequin's Customer Rewards Program; Bonnier Germany Drops DRM

Harlequin has launched a new customer loyalty program, Harlequin My Rewards, which gives members opportunities to earn rewards such as autographed books, signature gift baskets and Skype conversations with favorite Harlequin authors. Harlequin My Rewards presents readers with points for purchasing books or engaging in multiple online activities, including sharing…

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