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This past Sunday, an Op-Ed by writer Tim Kreidner in The New York Times entitled “Slaves of the Internet, Unite!” encouraged writers to stop giving away content (writing) for free.
Jane Friedman announced today that Crown VP Tina Pohlman has been named publisher at Open Road Integrated Media. Ms. Pohlman will lead the e-book backlist specialist’s acquisition of new titles, expand into new verticals and oversee editorial services, according to Ms. Friedman, Open Road co-founder and CEO.
Ms. Pohlman is currently the publisher of Three Rivers Press and Broadway Books, brought in during the 2010 shake-up of Random House’s Crown Publishing Group. Prior to that, she was a senior editor at Spiegel & Grau.
She starts at Open Road on March 5.
Carrie Kania, senior vice president and publisher of It Books and Harper Perennial at HarperCollins, is departing HarperCollins to work as an agent at Conville & Walsh Literary Agency in London. Reached by phone in Wisconsin, where she was visiting family, Ms. Kania said that her departure from HarperCollins was amicable, and her move was Read More
Nina Bourne–the legendary Knopf advertising director who died last month at 93–was memorialized Wednesday afternoon at the New York Ethical Culture Society.
“A meeting-up of the old Knopf family,” was how Jane Friedman said she’d described the service to Random House CEO Markus Dohle. But the crowd that assembled Wednesday also included the family Ms. Read More
Michael Wolff is scratching his head over why after more than a year of staying almost entirely off the record, his old pal Judith Regan—whom he’s known since their undergraduate days at Vassar when she was a "pretty, plumpish hippie"—is trying to get all this attention suddenly by telling the New Read More
Here’s a trifle for the end of your day: Back in November 2007, Judith Regan hired Brian Kerr of Manhattan law firm Dreier LLP to file a $100 million defamation suit on her behalf against HarperCollins, its C.E.O. Jane Friedman, and its parent company News Corporation. At some point between then and the following Read More
It was a small party on Steve Rubin’s roof last night, not a big party. Just two "civilians" there, as Jane Friedman, the guest of honor, put it—everyone else was either a publishing executive, an editor, a high-powered literary agent, or a member of her family.
Bob Miller, head of the Harper Studio imprint at Read More
New York takes a swing at the Jane Friedman mystery at the top of this week’s Intelligencer, reporting a possibly controversial decision that Ms. Friedman made in April at the London Book Fair when she moved a book party for Egyptian novelist Alaa Al Aswany out of the HarperCollins booth because she Read More
Leon Neyfakh looks at Jane Friedman’s departure from HarperCollins and writes, "There are questions now about what really happened, and the official story does not seem to add up. How long had Ms. Friedman known she was being replaced? Had she really submitted her resignation, or did Mr. Murdoch fire her? If he did, Read More
At 11 a.m. last Wednesday morning, Jane Friedman presided over a meeting with her publishers and some marketing people on the 15th floor of the HarperCollins building in midtown. The meeting was about digital outreach, and offered an occasion to discuss ideas for how the News Corp.-owned publishing house could use computers to sell more Read More