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Vintage to Release Two Nora Ephron Titles as One Volume

Vintage, a Random House imprint, will be releasing two titles by the late Nora Ephron (pictured, via) as a single volume publication.

The books, Crazy Salad: Some Things about Women and Scribble, Scribble: Notes on Media, have been out-of-print for more than a decade. This single volume will be published in both trade paperback and digital format on October 16th. This project marks the first time either title will be available as an eBook.

Here’s more from the release: “The classic Crazy Salad, first published in 1975, is an extremely funny, deceptively light look at a generation of women (and men) who helped shape the way we live now. In this distinctive, engaging, and simply hilarious view of a period of great upheaval in America, Ephron turns her keen eye and wonderful sense of humor to the media, politics, beauty products, and women’s bodies.”

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This Week on the mediabistro.com Job Board: Random House, Vintage Anchor, CreateSpace

This week, Random House is looking for a senior editor, while Vintage Anchor is on the hunt for a new publicist. CreateSpace is searching for a project team manager of enterprise offerings, and Harvard Business Publishing is hiring a project manager. Get the scoop on these gigs and more below, and find additional just-posted publishing jobs on mediabistro.com.

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Dateline LBF: Earls Court Gets Thumbs Up

After the disaster that was the ExCeL center, the move to Earls Court this year (along with the unseasonably balmy London weather) is getting approval in almost all corners. Publishing News reports that exhibitors and visitors applauded the wider aisles – some even boasted plants – and the light and airiness of Earls Court. The building is a smoke-free zone, a fact that also won approval. Catering was praised – Vivienne Wordley, Commercial Director of Foyles, commented favourably on the quality of the food available at the tapas bar for example. A Transworlder thought the International Rights Centre looked like a battery hen coop but, more importantly, most of those actually using it felt positively about it.

The Bookseller also rounds up reaction from the floor. “The whole atmosphere’s wonderful. If you’re going to have an airless aircraft hangar, better to have it here than wherever that other place is at the end of the Underground line,” said Rachel Cugnoni, publishing director of Vintage. Will Atkinson, sales director, Faber added that he liked it so far because “at least I didn’t have to queue for 20 minutes to get a cup of coffee.” And Transworld‘s Selina Walker was most succinct: “It’s miles better than last year.”

Spanish-Language Edition of THE AUDACITY OF HOPE

Vintage announced in a press release this morning that Barack Obama‘s bestseller THE AUDACITY OF HOPE (published by Crown) will be translated into Spanish and published by Vintage Espanol on June 19. On matters relating to Latinos, he recalls how the black and Latino communities were intertwined in his early political career: “As a young organizer, I often worked with Latino leaders on issues that affected both black and brown residents, from failing schools to illegal dumping to unimmunized children. I made lifelong friends and allies in those neighborhoods; in my mind, at least, the fates of black and brown were to be perpetually intertwined, the cornerstone of a coalition that could help America live up to its promise.”

The translation will be handled by veteran non-fiction translators Claudia Casanova and Juan Elroy Roca of Spain.

Obligatory Oprah Book Club Speculation Post

A little more quietly than usual (though no doubt there will be some more fanfare about it today) Oprah Winfrey announced that she will select her next book club pick on Wednesday, the same day Winfrey hosts the author of her current selection, Academy Award-winning actor Sidney Poitier. Amazon already provides some important clues, most notably that the book is published by VintageRandom House‘s paperback imprint, publishing both reprints from all RH lines and originals – and has an official page count of 304 pages. Scrolling further, Amazon categorizes the book club pick as “novelty” but I suspect that has less to do with content and more to do with Oprah’s designation – or perhaps a sly bit of humor from the online retailer…

Meanwhile, Ron does a quick, dirty Google search on “Vintage” and “304 pages” and comes up with Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin, and Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis, although that last one seems a bit of a stretch for the Oprah crowd. At that point, he says, you might as well toss in Death Comes for the Archbishop as a candidate for all the good it’ll do you. It’s not too hard to see why Winfrey would be interested in the memoir of an autistic scientist who was featured on The View in January, though, and if the book club was about to revisit fiction, a consideration of the psychological impact of human cloning is just enough of a left-field spin on her old book club’s preference for “issue novels” to work. So remember: You read it here first!

Realignment for Random House UK

In Britain, The Random House Group has announced a number of changes and promotions as part of the Group’s growth strategy as it looks to the next stage in its development. First, Board Director Richard Cable, is to develop a new publishing portfolio. In this new role he will seek out “exciting and profitable new publishing enterprises” and further announcements should be expected during the year. But the big news is that the CHA arm – which include Century, Hutchinson, William Heinemann, Arrow, Random House Audio and Random House Books – will split into an entirely separate entity from the CCV line – which comprises Jonathan Cape, Chatto & Windus, Harvill Secker, Yellow Jersey Press, Vintage and Pimlico.

CHA will be led by Susan Sandon, who is newly promoted to Managing Director. In this new role, she will report to Peter Bowron, Group Managing Director, who takes on this responsibility alongside his current portfolio. CCV will be helmed by Cable with Dan Franklin acting as publisher for the whole line.

Making Money from Government Commission Reports

Fortune’s Eugenia Levenson analyzes why freely available and lengthy government reports, such as the 9/11 Commission and Iraq Study Group Reports, are selling like gangbusters. The latter book, published by Random House imprint Vintage, has spent six weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and has already sold over 125,000 copies, according to Nielsen Bookscan, which captures 70 percent of total book sales. That’s despite the fact that the text is freely available online and was downloaded 1.4 million times from a sponsoring Web site in the first week alone.

But it all started with the release of the 9/11 Commission Report, which certainly caught publishing by surprise with 1.5 million copies sold to date. “Everyone was surprised by the retail performance of the 9/11 report,” says Jonathan Burnham, a senior vice president and publisher at HarperCollins. “It seemed to sell to a much broader audience than ever before for that kind of material.” But the real reason for success? The cost, or lack thereof. There are no acquisition costs, since the documents are in the public domain, and are fairly cheap to produce. And because anyone can publish the materials – though the ones who get their first reap the most lucrative rewards – multiple players can be rewarded. “One company shouldn’t have the monopoly on something that’s in the public domain,” says Josh Linsk, CEO of Filiquarian who has sold over 600 copies of the paperback edition. “I just thought there should be more options.”

UPDATE: C.E. Petit points out that the government commission craze began much earlier, with the 1987 Tower Commission Report (released in the aftermath of the Iran-Contra Affair) issued in a mass market paperback edition by Bantam and earlier, in hardcover by Random House.