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Amazon, Pearson Push Back On Immigration Limits

Amazon made a declaration of support for a lawsuit filed by the Washington state attorney general in Federal Court looking to overturn President Trump's recent executive order limiting immigration from seven countries as unconstitutional. The first state to file suit, Washington is also seeking a temporary restraining order against enforcement of…

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S&S Children's Authors Protest Milo Deal, IDPF Dissidents Keep Trying

A group of over 160 children's book authors and illustrators have signed on to a letter to Simon & Schuster ceo Carolyn Reidy objecting to the house's book deal with Milo Yiannopoulos. The effort began as a conversation among Erin Murphy Literary Agency clients under contract with Simon & Schuster and "quickly became a national dialogue across agencies…

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Harper Withdraws Crowley's Book Following Plagiarism Revelations

In the wake of CNN's article showing that Monica Crowley's 2012 book What the (Bleep) Just Happened copied material from numerous sources, HarperCollins was "looking into the matter" and announced on Tuesday to the NYT. "The book, which has reached the end of its natural sales cycle, will no longer be…

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Hachette Book Group's New Year's Letter

HBG USA ceo Michael Pietsch wrote to staff with new year's greetings instead of a holiday year-end letter, noting highlights of 2016--led by the acquisition of the Perseus Books imprints, which bolstered their "primary strategic goal" of growing the company. Without the Perseus titles, core HBG sales "decreased somewhat from 2015, primarily…

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CEO Holiday Greetings, from Simon & Schuster

In keeping with tradition, publishing ceos are thanking employees and celebrating the year's accomplishments through year-end letters. The first publicly released letter is from Simon & Schuster chief executive Carolyn Reidy, noting "a tumultuous year in both the United States and around the world" while still observing that "it feels as if…

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BISG Looks Ahead to Restart

The Book Industry Study Group convened their annual members meeting in New York -- and marked their 40th anniversary -- after an admittedly "tough year" with enthusiastic anticipation for incoming executive director Brian O'Leary and a new strategic plan to execute. Treasurer and new board chair Maureen McMahon of Kaplan…

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Briefs: Pocket Constitution Sales Rise After Khan Speech; A Local Line for S&S India; and More

Khizr Khan's speech at the Democratic National Convention has boosted distribution of the US Constitution. A $1 Pocket Constitution published by The National Center for Constitutional Studies -- similar to the one Khan displayed during his speech, but not the same edition -- moved 45,000 copies on Amazon between Saturday morning and…

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Oprah Picks Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad

Oprah's latest Book Club pick, her first in approximately 18 months, is Colson Whitehead's new novel The Underground Railroad. Originally scheduled for release on September 13, Doubleday has pushed up publication and the book, emblazoned with the Oprah Book Club logo, is on sale today. (The most recent Oprah pick was Cynthia…

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Briefs: Johnson's Book on Shakespeare Delayed or Cancelled, and More

Newly appointed UK foreign secretary and Brexit campaign leader Boris Johnson's forthcoming book on Shakespeare, scheduled for release on November 15 from Hodder & Stoughton and Riverhead, will not be published this year, and may not be published at all according to the Daily Mail. They report Johnson "is believed…

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Penguin Random House Sells Fodor's to Internet Brands

Penguin Random House will sell Fodor's Travel to Internet Brands, a Los Angeles-based online media and technology company that owns FlyerTalk.com and Wikitravel.org. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, and deal is expected to close shortly. Fodor's will become part of Internet Brands' consumer Home/Travel group, though PRH, which…

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