RR Donnelley’s LibreDigital to Provide Global E-Book

RR Donnelley & Sons announced today that LibreDigital of the RR Donnelley Digital Solutions group has been awarded a multi-year agreement to provide e-book services and metadata distribution solutions to HarperCollins Publishers across all global divisions including HarperCollins, Harlequin, and HarperCollins Christian Publishing.

As part of the agreement, all HarperCollins divisions will leverage LibreDigital’s Harvest platform to seamlessly manage and track a dynamic matrix of digital asset and metadata distribution needs.

“The global nature of our publishing business demands that we have a scalable, flexible solution for managing our ebook products,” said Larry Nevins, executive vice president of operations for HarperCollins Publishers. “LibreDigital’s Harvest platform allows our e-book products to get to the right marketplaces at the right time.”

LibreDigital has been providing services to HarperCollins Publishers since 2006, and this new contract renews and extends that relationship.

“We are very excited to continue our role as a technology platform provider to HarperCollins Publishers,” noted Tyler Ruse, general Manager of LibreDigital. “The Harvest platform provides tools that allow publishers to scale their digital businesses globally while maintaining visibility and control of their digital assets.”

Weybrets sell Lodi News-Sentinel to Central Valley News-Sentinel Inc.

The Weybret family announced today the sale of the Lodi News-Sentinel to a new corporation, Central Valley News-Sentinel Inc., led by veteran newspaper publisher Steven Malkowich.

The new owners have newspaper assets in the United States and Canada,  including several in California. The effective date of the sale will be June 1, 2015.

 “Now is the time for the Weybrets to make way for others with greater resources than ours,” said publisher Marty Weybret Thursday.  He shared ownership with his father, Fred Weybret, and brother, Jim Weybret.

“General manager Theresa Larson and editor Rich Hanner are well equipped to handle this transition,” said Weybret. “Central Valley News Sentinel leaders may put a publisher in place to direct them, but Rich and Theresa will assure continued local accountability for Lodi’s main news source.”

Founded in 1881, the News-Sentinel has a rich history of providing news and information to Lodi and nearby communities. Fred Weybret purchased the newspaper in 1959, served as publisher for many years, and continued to serve as chairman until the sale this week. In 1998, Marty Weybret assumed the duties of publisher.

“A family newspaper has to find family successors or find a new owner. Both my sons and both Jim’s daughters are well launched on careers outside of the news media. As parents, we are proud to see our children focused and successful. However, the situation leaves the Lodi News-Sentinel without a succession plan.

“Steven Malkowich and his investors have a track record of commitment to local community newspapers. He has been professional and considerate of me and my family throughout this negotiation. The News-Sentinel now has the financial support to stay alive and thrive.”

The sale price was not disclosed. Under the sales agreement, a Weybret-owned company will continue to manage the newspaper building at 125 N. Church St. in downtown Lodi. The News-Sentinel publishes five days a week and has a daily circulation of 10,600.