Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

People, Etc.
Ingram Content Group announced a realignment in reporting structure to "help focus efforts in Ingram's wholesale business and their growing distribution services." The wholesale purchasing group, led by George Tattersfield, will now report to chief commercial officer Shawn Everson, "aligning our 'buy side' with our 'sell side' in wholesale." The shared services sales team, acquired in the Perseus deal, and led by Jeanne Emanuel, will now report to chief content officer Phil Ollila, who leads the distribution and services businesses.

Frank Vrancken Peeters will join Springer Nature September 4 in the new role of chief commercial officer, reporting to the ceo, in order to "support the future growth and strategy of the group." He is currently regional managing director for Western Europe at Wolters Kluwer.

Rachel Kranz, author of the novel Leaps of Faith, died August 28. Kranz was a prolific ghostwriter and co-author across a wide range of genres, including narrative nonfiction, memoir, popular psychology/culture, diet, and health.

Storm Relief
Simon & Schuster announced relief assistance offers for public and school libraries and booksellers that have been damaged by flooding from Hurricane Harvey. Retail accounts damaged by the storm can receive "multiple copies of 20 new releases and bestsellers to help them attract customers as they restore their businesses to normal operating conditions." Damaged Texas public and school libraries can contact for a "donation of 250 'Best of' titles to help in the restoration of their collections." S&S adds that it "stands ready to work with national and local non-profits such as First Book and the Red Cross to provide books for children and adults displaced by Hurricane Harvey, including at shelters throughout Texas."

Amazon Books' second New York City location and eleventh store, on W. 34th Street, opens today. The new location incorporates service from Stumptown Coffee Roasters (as does Amazon's Chicago store).

Meanwhile, a job ad for a senior product manager for general merchandise illuminates some of Amazon Books' goals around the stores' "general merchandise businesses," which incorporates "all non-books, non-Amazon devices in the stores including toys, gift cards, magazines, electronics, and more."

The winners of this year's Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Awards are Aamina Ahmad, Ama Codjoe, Ebony Flowers, Tiana Nobile, Dominica Phetteplace, and Shawna Kay Rodenberg.

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