On the Books: Hachette-Perseus deal falls through

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Hachette and Ingram have called off plans to acquire the Perseus Books Group. Despite efforts from all three players, an agreement could not be reached in order to finalize the transaction. CEO David Steinberger said that Perseus had a strong fiscal year. When questioned about a possible deal in the future, he said, “When you are a successful company you get offers.” [Publishers Weekly]

The Guardian released the longlist for their first book award. The list includes five non-fiction and five fiction entries, as well as one readers’ choice, May-Lan Tan’s Things to Make and Break. The judging panel will feature novelist Ann Enright and psychotherapist Josh Cohen, with the winner of the £10,000 award announced at the end of November. [The Guardian]

Jim Frederick, a former foreign correspondent and editor, died Friday at the age of 42. His 2010 book Black Hearts: One Platoon’s Descent Into Madness in Iraq’s Triangle of Death was widely regarded for its thorough, unflinching reporting of the lives of American soldiers in Iraq. The cause of his death was cardiac arrhythmia. [The New York Times]

Kim Kardashian will release a book of selfies through Rizzoli’s Universe imprint next April. The reality star is a big fan of photographing herself, and this book will be no exception—the tome, titled Selfish, is currently set to have 352 pages. [E! Online/Rizzoli]


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