Michael Huseby is the latest executive to step into the CEO role at a major publishing business. He is the new chief at Barnes & Noble, filling a vacancy left by William Lynch when he departed in July of 2013.
Huseby had most recently been CEO of the Nook division, a position he was appointed to following Lynch’s departure, reporting to chairman Len Riggio. Prior to that, he was chief financial officer of the company for a little over a year. He has held the CFO position at media company Cablevision as well as other leadership positions there and at other cable companies. He also was an equity partner at accounting and consulting firm Arthur Anderson for 23 years.
When Huseby was brought in to Barnes & Noble, there was speculation that given his background raising capital and engineering deals that that’s what he would be doing at the bookseller.
To get all the ebook and digital publishing news you need every day in your inbox at 8:00 AM, sign up for the DBW Daily today!
The rest of the day’s top news:
Why Huseby? (Forbes)
As some have pointed out, new B&N CEO Michael Huseby doesn’t have much operational experience when it comes to retail stores. One thing he does know how to do? Spin off companies.
Learning to Swim in the Deep End (DBW)
Getting thrown into the deep end isn’t always the best way to learn how to swim – but it sure is the fastest. Take a look at the publishing industry and DBW through the lens of a newbie.
Related: Join Rich and over 1,000 other publishing executives at DBW next week. Register.
Six Kinds of Agents in Transition (DBW)
The literary agent business is changing. Here are six agent success stories for the digital era.
How Hybrid Publishers Innovate to Succeed (Forbes)
pubilshers are adapting new business models in the digital age to compete with self-publishing. One way is new hybrid business models.
What Does the Zola-Bookish Deal Mean? (Pub Perspectives)
Earlier this week, start-up ebook retailer Zola acquired online bookseller Bookish. According to one commentator, this means that publishers aren’t destined to be booksellers. Respectfully, the hundreds of publishers already doing it might disagree.
Apps Boom in 2013 (WSJ)
Apple sold $10 billion worth of apps in 2013. While the format hasn’t been as much of a boom for book publishers, many of them are doing it well.
Related: See the best in apps and enhanced ebooks showcased and honored at the Digital Book Awards Gala, hosted by Reading Rainbow founder LeVar Burton.
Apple Asks Court to Give Bromwich the Boot (PW)
Apple is arguing that its court-appointed antitrust compliance officer Michael Bromwich should be let go after he made public his belief that Apple was resisting his oversight.
The “Lightest” E-Reader (The Digital Reader)
The Alcatel MagicFlip is just four inches with a USB port and blue tooth connection and not much else. It’s also the lightest e-reader The Digital Reader has ever seen.