Vital Source Technologies, the e-textbook division of Ingram Content Group, has signed an agreement to provide its services to Brazilian scientific, technical and professional publisher GEN Grupo. The companies already have started to convert GEN Grupo's catalog of 3,500 titles into digital formats. Vital Source's platform is used on some 6,000 campuses around the world.
Nashville-based HarperCollins Christian Publishing Inc. announced Monday plans to expand WestBow Press, its self-publishing alliance between HarperCollins and Author Solutions, a unit of Penguin Random House.
Author Solutions and Thomas Nelson, a division of HarperCollins, formed WestBow Press in 2009 to offer a publishing alternative to new authors. Seeking to expand on WestBow Press' talent discovery, the group will now provide a self-publishing services division for the Zondervan publishing group, also a division of HarperCollins.
“By expanding WestBow Press to support Zondervan in addition to Thomas Nelson, we are able to provide the WestBow authors with even more opportunities to be acquired by traditional publishers,” said Pete Nikolai, director of publishing services and manager of WestBow Press for HarperCollins Christian Publishing. “We regularly suggest top WestBow Press titles to the acquisition teams at Thomas Nelson and will now do the same for the teams at Zondervan.”
WestBow Press will begin working with both publishing houses immediately and will present manuscripts to all HarperCollins Christian Publishing teams.
Cool Springs media company CML Entertainment has partnered with Morgan James Publishing out of New York to launch a book imprint that plans to unveil nine titles this fall. Although CML has its roots in the Christian entertainment business, this collaboration will focus on projects "cultivating and nurturing strong character through true-life examples of courage and honor."
Ingram Publisher Services has named three new directors, one of whom is a new hire. Gonzalo Ferreyra comes to Ingram Publisher Services with 24 years of experience and will be its director of acquisitions for full-service distribution. He has 24 years of experience in the book industry and has worked at Weldon Owen Publishing, VIZ Media, Ten Speed Press and Borders Group. The other new directors are Carter Holliday, who moves over from fellow Ingram Content Group company Lightning Source to be director of acquisitions for third-party logistics and Ingram Content Group services, and Leah Rex, who has been promoted to director of client relations after working the job Ferreyra now holds. Rex will succeed VP of Client Relations Karen Cross, who will retire in January.
Rolling Stone owner Wenner Media plans to next spring launch a website dedicated to country music and is hunting for between 10 and 15 editorial staffers, reports Ad Age. Gus Wenner, who says his team also will publish a country-themed special issue next year, tells Ad Age he's making a long-term commitment to Music City.
"I went through a lot of the iterations and proposals and modeling for Rolling Stone Country, but the most important thing was a trip I took down to Nashville," he said. "That is a culture that appreciates music."
"We're really doubling down on country: in the office, the people, the logo and the art that's going into the new site," he added. "You're going to realize that this thing is for real. This isn't something we envision putting up and pulling down if ad dollars dry up."
Cool Springs-based magazines.com has beefed up its executive ranks with the hiring of Brian Lang, Treye Johnson and Kevin Daniele. Lang, previously director of marketing at Simplex Healthcare, has been named director of acquisitions. Johnson comes to magazines.com from Acxiom, where he was product manager, and has been named director of CRM. Daniele, who was merchandising brand manager at Dell, has been named merchandising manager. Search firm The Buffkin Group handled the hirings.
HarperCollins Christian Publishing has hired Dylan Hillhouse to be the vice president of marketing for its Bible group. In that role, he will oversee Bibles published under both the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan brands as well as various study resources. Previously, Hillhouse ran the merchandising program for Mardel Christian Stores, which has locations in seven states from Louisiana to Colorado.