Hachette UK has restructured, with a new trade publishing operations unit overseeing all imprints, headed by Ben Groves-Raines (COO of Orion and Little, Brown UK) as publishing operations director, reporting to Hachette deputy CEO Richard Kitson. Lucy Hale (deputy CEO of Hodder & Stoughton, Headline, Quercus, and John Murray Press) has “decided to leave,” and her position has been eliminated. The managing directors of the trade publishing imprints have joined the board, with Jon Butler of Quercus, Mari Evans of Headline, and Nick Davies of John Murray reporting directly to David Shelly, CEO of Hachette UK. Hodder and Stoughton has a “new growth plan,” including a new division run by H&S CEO Jamie Hodder-Williams to “cater for the huge appetite for stories in the widest variety of forms – from pure digital ebooks to audiobooks, podcasts and new forms of storytelling.”
Harper UK has enrolled hundreds of backlist titles in Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program (a subscription service that allows unlimited reading of enrolled ebooks for a monthly fee). A spokesperson said, “We are testing participation… to understand how readers use the service and to ensure we are exploring all possible avenues for our authors. We believe there is opportunity to drive sales through Kindle Unlimited and à la carte sales by allowing readers as much choice as possible in how they access content.”
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