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Publishers Weekly

May 20, 2019

Publishers Weekly magazine is the definitive professional resource covering every aspect of book publishing and book selling. Over 20,000 book and media professionals turn to Publishers Weekly each week for news and information. Publishers Weekly covers the creation, production, marketing and sale of the written word in book, audio, video and electronic formats.

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the week in publishing

Books imported from China face a 25% tariff, according to a notice sent last week by the office of the U.S. trade representative. Books are among the $300 billion worth of Chinese imports that face a potential tariff following the failure of the U.S. and China to reach a new trade agreement.Bookstore sales declined 8.4% in the first quarter of this year compared to 2018. According to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, bookstore sales in the first period of 2019 were $2.37 billion, down from $2.59 billion a year ago.Disney Publishing Worldwide promoted Lynn Waggoner and Emily Thomas Meehan to expanded roles following the departure last month of former publisher Mary Ann Naples.Lynn WaggonerEmily Thomas MeehanOnline & On-AirPodcastsMore to ComeFrom the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, PW senior editor Calvin…

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publishers weekly

President George Slowik Jr.Executive V-P, Publisher Cevin BryermanV-P, Editorial Director Jim MilliotV-P, General Manager Carl PritzkatV-P, Children’s Book Editor Diane RobackV-P, Executive Editor Jonathan SeguraAssociate Publisher Joe MurrayArt Director Clive ChiuManaging Editor Daniel BerchenkoNews Director Rachel DeahlSenior News Editor Calvin ReidNews and Digital Editor John MaherFeatures Editor Carolyn JurisDeputy Reviews Editor Gabe HabashSenior Editors Adam Boretz, Peter Cannon, Mark RotellaSenior Reviews Editor Rose FoxReviews Editors Everett Jones, Hannah Kushnick, Meg Lemke, Maya C. Popa, Seth SatterleeChildren’s Reviews Editor Amanda BrunsSenior Writer Andrew R. AlbaneseBookselling & International Editor Ed NawotkaReligion Editor Emma Koonse WennerAssociate Editor, Children’s Books Emma KantorAssociate Children’s Reviews Editor Matia BurnettAssistant Editor Drucilla ShultzAssociate Art Director Nicole CadavidCopy Editor Robby RitaccoSenior Marketing Director Krista RafanelloMarketing Copywriter Stacey GillSales Coordinator Deena AliLicensing Director Christi CassidyDirector of Special Editorial Projects…

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a different kind of festival

Audiences packed venues throughout New York City, from an East Village basement to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, May 6–12 to hear more than 200 writers, artists, and activists speak about the blurring boundary between private and public spaces. Now in its 15th year, PEN World Voices has distinguished itself as an international literary festival with a focus on human rights. Founded by Esther Allen, Michael Roberts, and Salman Rushdie in reaction to 9/11, the festival aims to expand dialogue between the U.S. and the rest of the world—a mission that PEN America said “has never been more relevant.”PEN recruited Chip Rolley as senior director of literary programs in 2017, and last year he began to direct the festival with an approach that links literature and current events.…

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print unit sales increased 3% in early may

Unit sales of print books rose 3% for the week ended May 11, 2019, over the comparable week in 2018, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. The gain was due in part to a 3.2% increase in adult fiction sales compared to the week ended May 12, 2018. Adult fiction unit sales were still down 5.1% for the year-to-date compared to 2018, but in the most recent week they benefited from five new titles among the category’s top 10 bestsellers. The biggest new title was Blessing in Disguise by Danielle Steel, which sold more than 26,000 copies in its first week, placing it third on the category list. Sunset Beach, the latest from Mary Kay Andrews, was #7 on the category list, selling more than 17,000 copies in its…

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amazon publishing turns 10

If there was any remaining doubt of Amazon’s support for its Amazon Publishing arm, that was dispelled in early May when the company’s Montlake imprint signed bestselling author Sylvia Day to a seven-figure advance for Butterfly in Frost, a 203-page novella the company will publish in August. Mikyla Bruder, publisher of Amazon Publishing, said that the deal reflects her ability to spend the money on authors she believes will fit into Amazon Publishing’s ecosystem. “I have no problem going after big authors,” Bruder said, noting that late in 2018, the company’s Thomas & Mercer imprint bought world English rights to two thrillers by Patricia Cornwell, beginning with Quantum, which is set to publish in December.Another step in the evolution of Amazon Publishing, which turned 10 this year, came in February,…

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sweden’s storytel continues its global expansion

Sweden-based Storytel has combined digital audiobook retailing and an expansion into print publishing to establish itself as a force in European media with global aspirations. Founded in 2006, the company offers digital streaming services for audiobooks, and in some cases print and e-books, in 16 countries, including Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, India, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and, as of last month, Singapore. In recent years, it has relied on a series of acquisitions to support its growth, with purchases ranging from legacy print publishing houses to upstart competitors in the audiobook space.Jonas Tellander (© ÅSA LIFFNER)“We launched the company at the right time,” said Storytel CEO Jonas Tellander. “It has been an amazing period for audiobook adoption. A lot of…