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Remembering Harper Lee
February 19, 2016 at 2:37 pm

Harper Lee, the iconic American author of To Kill a Mockingbird, died Friday in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, her publisher, HarperCollins, confirmed. In a statement, Michael Morrison, the publishing firm’s president, said: "The world knows Harper Lee was a brilliant writer but what…

Pearson Chief Brands Critics 'Naive and Ignorant' as Company Cuts 4,000 Jobs
January 22, 2016 at 2:45 pm

The chief executive of beleaguered education giant Pearson branded the company’s doubters “ignorant” and “naïve” as he announced 4,000 job cuts in its second major round of restructuring in three years. Pearson said it would make one in 10 staff redundant in an effort to boost profitability that has been hit by a prolonged downturn…

Pearson, Ex-Owner of Financial Times, To Shed 4,000 Jobs
January 21, 2016 at 12:19 pm

Pearson, the troubled British publisher, said on Thursday that it would eliminate 4,000 jobs worldwide as part of a continuing restructuring by the former owner of The Financial Times and The Economist to shift its focus primarily to its international education business. The move comes as Pearson, which makes the bulk of its sales from…

Press Release: Elissa Tomasetti Named Senior Vice President, Marketing for Scholastic Education
October 16, 2015 at 2:12 pm

NEW YORK—October 15, 2015—Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children’s publishing, education and media company, today announced the appointment of Elissa Tomasetti as Senior Vice President, Marketing for Scholastic Education. Based in New York and reporting to Greg Worrell, President of Scholastic Education, Elissa will be the key driver of strategic marketing for Scholastic Education’s customized,…

What Book Publishers Need to Know Before Attending Frankfurt
October 13, 2015 at 2:09 pm

The Frankfurt Book Fair officially kicks off tomorrow, and will gather publishing leaders, authors, and literary agents to discuss the most pressing issues in the industry. The publishing community is already buzzing about the conference and a number of recent articles preview what's in store for attendees this year. Book Business gathered a selection of…

Press Release: 2015 Book Industry Study Group (BISG) Industry Award Winner is Trajectory
October 13, 2015 at 10:31 am

BOSTON and NEW YORK—October 12, 2015— Trajectory and The Book Industry Study Group, Inc. (BISG) are pleased to announce that Trajectory is the winner of BISG's 2015 Industry Innovation Award, presented at the Annual Meeting of Members in New York City. The award recognizes a company or individual who boldly re-imagines what publishing is and…

Amy Schumer Lands Book Deal for a Rumored $8M-$10M Advance
September 25, 2015 at 2:02 pm

Comedian Amy Schumer has reportedly been paid an advance of $8m-$10m (£5m-£7m) for a book of essays. According to Entertainment Weekly, an auction for the Trainwreck writer and star’s essay collection came to a close on Friday, although their source did not name the publisher. Trade magazine Publishers Weekly had reported two weeks ago that…

Google Hires Oyster Execs as Ebook Service Announces Shutdown
September 22, 2015 at 2:10 pm

Oyster, the so-called Netflix for ebooks, is shutting down. Its CEO and founders announced their plans to close Oyster in a blog post this afternoon, writing that the service would be sunset over the next several months. They give no reason for why Oyster is closing, saying only that their vision for ebooks will be…

Press Release: Ron Mirr, Tonya Leslie and Dr. Rhonda Neal Waltman Join Scholastic to Lead Learning Supports and Family Engagement Initiatives
September 1, 2015 at 2:55 pm

NEW YORK—August 31, 2015—Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children’s publishing, education and media company, today announced three key appointments to leadership within Scholastic Education as the Company moves to expand its district- and state-wide offerings to serve Learning Supports and Family and Community Engagement (FACE) programs nationwide. Reporting to Scholastic Education President Greg Worrell, will…