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Former president of F+W Media Sara Domville will reunite with her old boss, joining America's Test Kitchen under ceo David Nussbaum on April 24 in the new role of chief revenue officer. She "will be responsible for driving revenue growth in a number of key company divisions including sponsorship, licensing, underwriting and…

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April iBooks Picks

iBooks has listed its April recommendations. The titles include American War, by Omar El Akkad, an excerpt of which is featured in our Buzz Books 2017: Spring/Summer and available for download. The other fiction picks include: Anything Is Possible, by Elizabeth Strout Borne, by Jeff VanderMeer My Last Lament, by James William Brown…

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Houghton Announces Plans for Cost Cutting

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt formally announced plans to cut costs over the next 21 months last Thursday, telling employees and then investors about "certain proposed operational efficiency and cost-reduction actions." The company said in February after another dismal quarter that included a $139 million impairment charge to expect "strategic cost cutting to simplify…

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Milo's DANGEROUS Is Officially Delayed to June 13

On Monday afternoon, controversial author Milo Yiannopoulos announced on Facebook that his book DANGEROUS, originally scheduled for publication on March 14, has been postponed to June 13. He writes, "I asked my publisher for more time to submit the manuscript for DANGEROUS so I could include material about the craziness…

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Acquisitions: Sourcebooks Takes Over Little Pickle Press; Firebrand Acquires Enthrill

Sourcebooks has acquired the publishing rights to the list of nonfiction children's publisher Little Pickle Press from parent company March 4, expanding the nonfiction program of Sourcebooks' Jabberwocky imprint. Little Pickle Press will live as an imprint under Jabberwocky, which will make the approximately 25 frontlist and backlist titles available…

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The Good and Bad of Half-Year Sales

We have known the basic contours of trade publishing results for the first half of 2016 since the end of August, following public reporting by publishing companies -- trade sales were down modestly in total dollars, with still-rising print unit sales unable to fully make up for still-declining ebook sales. Now…

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Amazon Bull: Stock Hits New High

On Thursday, Amazon's stock hit a new all-time high, closing above $800 a share for the first time. In the broader market sell-off early this year Amazon had traded as low as about $500 a share. For the year-to-date the stock is up about 19 percent, though the biggest movement was…

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Hastings Entertainment Files for Bankruptcy

Entertainment retailer Hastings Entertainment filed for bankruptcy protection in a Delaware court on Monday, blaming pretty much everything, from the growth of online shopping to "a decline in the market for physical media properties like music, movies, books, games and media rentals." There is no buyer lined up for now,…

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Briefs: National Book Foundation's New Board Members; Denver's New Literary Nonprofit; and More

William Morris Endeavor's Jennifer Rudolph Walsh and former real estate developer (now board chair of Greater NY and board president at the Dalton school) Cheryl Cohen Effron have joined the board of the National Book Foundation. Owner of Corvus/Imprint Group Derek Lawrence, co-publisher of Unbridled Books Fred Ramey, and Conundrum Press and…

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Sales Fall 11 Percent At HarperCollins

News Corporation reported fiscal third quarter earnings after the close of the market on Thursday, with sales falling $44 million at HarperCollins, down 11 percent to $358 million for the period. The impact on EBITDA was sharper, at $36 million, down $20 million from a year ago. The company blamed "lower revenues…

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