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HarperCollins Restructures Sales Department

Today HarperCollins announced a major restructuring of its sales department, including a number departures and retirements. We’ve included the complete company memo about the restructuring below…

Customer service VP Dan Holod, customer service director Gail Kunda and distributor sales director Jeff Rogart will all be retiring this summer. Ken Berger, Mike Brennan, Mark Hillesheim, Kathy Smith and Jeanette Zwart will all depart on July 20th.

Here’s more about the shift from Josh Marwell, president of sales: “Effective July 2012 the pricing, promotional, market insight and sales analytics efforts of the company will combine to become part of the sales department. This change will enable us to maximize opportunities for our authors and their readers, our customers, and our publishing divisions. Frank Albanese will now join the sales department as SVP, Market Insight and Sales Operations. In this newly created role Frank will focus on helping the company make sense of consumer behavior both digital and print, providing insight into sales and market trends as well as take on the overall direction of day-to-day sales operations. Dan Lubart SVP, Sales Analytics and Pricing will continue his work analyzing how pricing affects sales, developing tactics to maximize revenue and author exposure and creating interfaces to help his colleagues access complex data quickly and easily.”

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HarperCollins Responds To Library eBook Controversy

On HarperCollins Library Love Fest blog, HarperCollins president of sales Josh Marwell wrote an open letter explaining the publisher’s controversial new eBook lending policy for libraries.

Here’s an excerpt: “We have serious concerns that our previous e-book policy, selling e-books to libraries in perpetuity, if left unchanged, would undermine the emerging e-book eco-system, hurt the growing e-book channel, place additional pressure on physical bookstores, and in the end lead to a decrease in book sales and royalties paid to authors.”

The publisher decided that eBooks can only be checked out 26 times by library patrons until they expire,  setting off a wave of Twitter protests and a call for boycott. What do you think of the response?

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HarperCollins Stops Mailing and Printing Catalogs

9780061911699_0_Cover.jpgThe HarperCollins Fall catalog is completely digital this year, featuring some links to e-galleys, multimedia extras, and a personalized list to save titles while browsing. According to Publishers Weekly, the company will no longer mail physical copies of the catalog, but the webite offers a printable PDF for die-hard paper readers.

For example, the It Books imprint digital catalog features a month-by-month listing of individual titles like Neil StraussRules of the Game paperback as well as backlist information, video materials, and a link to the book’s website.

Here’s more from the article: “Josh Marwell, president of sales at HC, said the new online catalogs marks the “next step in the evolution of how we bring our books to market.”