No Penguin E-books to Libraries
Penguin has terminated its contract with OverDrive and will no longer sell e-books or audiobooks to libraries. Penguin is negotiating a “continuance” agreement that will allow libraries that have already purchased Penguin e-books to continue to lend them. Penguin is talking to other vendors about creating a new e-book lending program.
IndieCommerce Pulls Amazon Titles
The ABA’s for-profit subsidiary, Indie-Commerce, is removing all Amazon titles from its database. IndieCommerce director Matt Supko said its policy is “only publishers’ titles that are made available to retailers for sale in all available formats will be included in the IndieCommerce inventory database.”
Edward Bros., Malloy Merge
Edwards Brothers and Malloy Inc., both based in Ann Arbor, Mich., have combined to create Edwards Brothers Malloy. The new printing company, with total sales of $115 million, will be led by Edwards Brothers’ president and CEO, John Edwards, with Bill Upton, president of Malloy, becoming v-p of operations, and Joe Upton, v-p of sales and marketing at Malloy, taking over that role with Edwards Brothers Malloy.
Six Lit Agencies Join Argo Navis
The Perseus Books Group has added six more literary agencies to its Argo Navis Author Services program, an e-book distribution and marketing service. Authors represented by Carol Mann Agency, Joelle Delbourgo Associates, Cynthia Cannell Literary Agency, the Hartnett Agency, Paul Bresnick Literary Agency, and Pinder Lane & Garon-Brooke Associates are now eligible to participate in Argo Navis.
Gonzalez to Macmillan’s Children’s
As part of Macmillan’s children’s reorganization, Jennifer Gonzalez has been named to the newly created position of v-p of children’s sales. She was director of sales, mass merchants, at Random House. She will start March 5. Also, Mark Von Bargen has been promoted from director of trade sales for children’s books to senior director.