Macmillan to Offer Entire E-book Backlist To Libraries

Less than a year after launching a pilot with its Minotaur Press imprint, Macmillan said that it will expand its library e-book offerings to include its entire e-book backlist—more than 11,000 titles. Alison Lazarus, president of Macmillan’s sales division, said that the decision to expand library lending is part of the publisher’s “ongoing evaluation of e-lending.”

Pierpont Named Editor-in-Chief at Forever

After saying in February that it planned to more than double its title output, Grand Central’s Forever imprint announced editorial appointments and promotions aimed to keep up with the growth initiative. Amy Pierpont has been promoted to editor-in-chief, Forever/Forever Yours. Forever Yours, a digital-only imprint, was launched in 2012 under Pierpont’s leadership as editorial director. Leah Hultenschmidt, former editorial manager at Sourcebooks, has been named editorial director, reporting to Pierpont.

Schulman Named President at Rodale

Scott Schulman, a former Dow Jones executive, has been named president of Rodale. Schulman, who will start at the media company on Oct. 28, will be reporting directly to chairman and CEO Maria Rodale. Rodale said he will be tasked with “developing strategy and revenue growth for the company’s multiplatform portfolio of world-class brands.”

Eleanor Catton Wins 2013 Man Booker Prize

New Zealand novelist Eleanor Catton has been awarded the 2013 Man Booker Prize for The Luminaries. Catton beat out fellow shortlisted authors NoViolet Bulwayo (We Need New Names); Jim Crace (Harvest); Jhumpa Lahiri (The Lowland); Ruth Ozeki (A Tale for the Time Being); and Colm Tóibín (The Testament of Mary).

Bloomsbury Launches Sigma, a Pop Science Imprint

Bloomsbury has launched a new imprint called Sigma, which will publish books in the popular science category. Noting that the category has seen sales growth of 8% this year, compared to 2012, Bloomsbury said Sigma will focus on narrative titles on subjects ranging from robotics to evolutionary biology. Sigma will globally publish up to 15 titles a year and will be run by Jim Martin, who currently works on Bloomsbury’s natural history lists.