Bookish Loses Second CEO in Two Years — Marks Out

Caroline Marks has left e-bookselling start-up Bookish after just a year on the job, Publishers Weekly reports.

The troubled e-bookselling start-up backed by Hachette, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster, has been plagued by multiple launch delays, industry doubts that it could compete with Amazon and now, a revolving door when it comes to executive leadership.

A representative from Bookish has confirmed to Digital Book World’s that Marks has left the company. Bookish, however, is not dead.

“The partners are fully committed to bringing this project to launch,” said Adam Rothberg, a spokesperson for Bookish and senior vice president for corporate communications at Simon & Schuster.

Marks joined Bookish in October 2011, taking over from Paulo Lemgruber who had held the position for 18 months. Marks came most immediately from the magazine publisher Meredish, where she had been the general manager of the digital parents and lifestyle business for less than a year. Prior to that, she was the general manager of online media property The Daily Beast for two years. She has also had leadership positions at Comcast Interactive Media and British broadcast media company BSkyB.

Marks hasn’t yet returned request for comment.

In late 2011, Maja Thomas, who heads Hachette Digital, told Digital Book World that Bookish would launch in early 2012. After delays, the site was rumored to be launching early this fall.


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