*+-Ex-army man Charlie Redmayne may have left Pottermore to take the helm at HarperCollins UK, but he’s not taking sides in the war between print and digital.
*+-With former Pottermore CEO Redmayne running HarperCollins UK, publishers wonder what his appointment foretells about the future of the book business.
*+-At the highest levels of publishing the expectation of being fired or restructured is almost a job requirement, as demonstrated by several job changes this week.
*+-The continuing growth of digital publishing has put even more energy into the flourishing genres of SF, fantasy, mystery and romance publishing, says Wired.
*+-In the newly created position of Senior VP of Consumer Insights at HarperCollins, David Boyle has big plans to transform how publishers understand and connect with consumers.
*+-The challenge with digital is discovery, so David Roth-Ey of Fourth Estate and William Collins, is now looking at new ways to engage potential readers, including live events.
*+-Several UK CEOs set the agenda going into next week’s London Book Fair. Top of the list: communicating with consumers and coping with the relentless pace of change in publishing.
*+-The Bookseller reported last week that HarperCollins and Hatchette UK have become the first British publishers to refine the agency model agreement with Amazon co.uk.
*+-Harper Collins will publish Sarah Palin’s latest book, A Happy Holiday IS a Merry Christmas, which will call for a renewed emphasis on the holiday’s religious importance.
*+-Last week, News Corp, the owner of HarperCollins Publishers expressed interest in buying Simon & Schuster from its owner, CBS Corp. Is another merger afoot?