With Zecher's departure, the publishing industry also loses one of its few female ceos. HMH had been the largest female-led publishing company since Marjorie Scardino stepped down from her leadership of Pearson at the end of 2012.
The merged companies David C Cook Distribution Canada and Augsburg Fortress Canada will go forward under a new name, Parasource Marketing and Distribution Ltd.
James Patterson has withdrawn the ill-advised BookShots novel The Murder of Stephen King that was announced a week ago for November publication. Patterson said in a statement, "I do not want to cause Stephen King or his family any discomfort. Out of respect for them, I have decided not to publish 'The Murder of Stephen King." He will replace that release slot with Taking the Titanic.