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Don Linn Joins University of Chicago Press

Don Linn is the new director of the University of Chicago Press’ Chicago Distribution Center.  He will start on July 16, replacing the retired director, Donald A. Collins.

Here’s more about the post: “The Chicago Distribution Center (CDC) is among the publishing industry’s leading distributors of scholarly and academic books. With strengths in traditional warehousing and fulfillment, e-content sales, short run digital printing, and digital asset management through BiblioVault, the CDC maintains a client base of over 100 domestic and international publishers. It is uniquely positioned to meet the challenges of a book market that is transitioning from traditional print models to a combination of print, short run, on demand, and digital books.”

Most recently, Linn led the management consulting service at Firebrand Associates. Linn previously served as book group publisher at The Taunton Press and CEO of Consortium Book Sales & Distribution.

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Don Linn to Launch Firebrand Associates

Firebrand Technologies, the company behind the NetGalley digital review service, revealed some major changes today.

Don Linn has been brought in to oversee the companies new management consulting service, Firebrand Associates. Linn previously served as book group publisher at The Taunton Press and CEO of Consortium Book Sales & Distribution. Former Harcourt senior vice president Tim Cooper will be working with Linn on his team.

Doug Lessing, who previously served as director of client relations, has been named president of Firebrand Technologies. Susan Ruszala, who previously served as NetGalley’s sales and marketing director, has been promoted to president.


Help Save St. Mark’s Bookshop

The great St. Mark’s Bookshop in New York City has struggled to pay rent to Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science. The indie bookstore needs the support of readers and writers for a new petition.

The bookshop hopes to collect at least 2,000 signatures for a petition asking for “a significant rent concession” from their landlord.

Here’s the text of the petition:  “The St. Mark’s Bookshop, a vital Lower East Side cultural institution, needs a rent low enough to survive. Join the Cooper Square Committee petitioning Cooper Union, the bookstore’s landlord, to give St Marks Bookshop a lower rent.” (Via Sarah Weinman)

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Digital Publisher Quartet Press Disbands

quartet.jpgA few months after seeking its first submissions, the fledgling digital publisher Quartet Press has disbanded. The announcement came late today in a simple blog post entitled: “To Our Friends in the Bookish Community.”

Kat Meyer wrote the release: “For a variety of reasons large and small, Quartet Press has decided to discontinue operations. Sometimes, even with the best of intentions, a hard-working team, and the support of the community, things just don’t work out. This is one of those times. It’s disappointing to all of us, but it’s reality and we will all move on.

“We are truly grateful to all of you who have wished us well. Your support and enthusiasm for our venture was humbling, and we hope you will not see our company’s disbanding as an indication that any of us doubt the viability of digital publishing. Far to the contrary–if nothing else, we have learned that the future of digital publishing, while overwhelmingly complex, will be bright indeed, and we will each be working toward that bright future via our individual efforts.”

Earlier this year, GalleyCat interviewed Quartet publisher Don Linn about digital pricing and recession-era bookselling.

Don Linn Joins Quartet Press

donlinn.jpgTaunton Press publisher Don Linn is leaving his post to help launch the digital publishing outfit, Quartet Press. He joins a publishing team that includes Kassia Krozser of Booksquare.com; Kirk Biglione of Medialoper.com; and book marketer Kat Meyer.

Earlier in his career, Linn was CEO and owner of Consortium Book Sales and Distribution. At Quartet, he will oversee finance, administration and general management at the digtial press. Quartet is already seeking submissions for the fall.

Linn explained the move in a statement: “I’m an entrepreneur at heart and I’ve been fascinated with this transitional phase of reading, writing and publishing for some time. So when the opportunity to create Quartet presented itself, it seemed the time was right to make the move.”