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Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly September 28, 2020

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

Publishers Weekly en Español published its first issue last week in Spain. The inaugural edition features an array of original interviews, news, and analysis, as well as more than 50 reviews of Spanish-language titles. Shira Perlmutter, a veteran policy expert at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, has been named the 14th U.S. register of copyrights. Perlmutter will assume her role sometime in late October. Scholastic’s book fairs and book clubs saw sales tumble in the first quarter of fiscal 2021. Cost cuts reduced Scholastic’s loss, but sales are expected to remain low in the current quarter. Online & On-Air The Week Ahead The situation surrounding the legal case for John Bolton’s White House memoir has gotten stickier. PW senior editor Andrew Albanese explains. publishersweekly.com/bolton More to Come The hosts take a look at DC’s upcoming digital comics…

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booksellers need more than hope

Over more than six months of extreme disruption, the nation’s independent bookstores have steadily grown their businesses beyond their four walls. A PW survey of three dozen indies nationwide found most offering some combination of online sales, curbside pickup, home delivery, outdoor browsing, and in-store shopping. The diversity of sales channels reflects a substantial expansion of retail customer service as they navigate evolving market conditions caused by Covid-19 and climate change. More than 80% of bookstores surveyed are now open for some form of limited in-store browsing, with appointments or other measures to ensure that they abide by state capacity guidelines. Of the shops that are not open to in-store browsing, all have online ordering and most are offering curbside pickup and outdoor browsing. That level of customer service reflects an unparalleled…

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the journey begins now.

Plotting to Stop the British Slave Trade James Bruce And His Secret Mission To Africa Jane Aptekar Reeve This biography of a notorious liar reveals a key truth. James Bruce was a field worker with a secret British clique determined to suppress African slavery and ameliorate the situation of women. $33.09 paperback 978-1-7283-9624-8 also available in hardcover & ebook www.authorhouse.co.uk Spirit Songs, Images And Uttered Nonsense J. S. T. Botting In this compendium of pensive and motivational poems, author and poet J. S. T. Botting offers words that bring relief, greater understanding and joy into your life. Read on! $10.99 paperback 978-1-7283-5173-5 also available in ebook www.authorhouse.com Random Acts of Traveling A Collection of Journal Entries or One Day at a Time Rebecca Holmes A random sampling of the trips Rebecca Holmes took over the years, this collection of journal entries were recorded at the time of taking…

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poetry helps see andrews mcmeel through the pandemic

Earlier this month, the world’s bestselling living poet, Rupi Kaur, announced the November 17 publication of her third collection, Home Body. Within days, hefty preorders made it the #1 title in Amazon’s poetry category, knocking Dr. Seuss’s Beginner Book Collection—yes, that Dr. Seuss—to #2. (Kaur’s other two books, Milk and Honey and The Sun and Her Flowers, were #5 and #8 on the Amazon list at that time.) For Kaur’s publisher, Andrews McMeel Publishing, this kind of immediate market impact has become customary. And it’s a sign that the Kansas City, Mo.–based press is coping despite disruptions caused by the ongoing pandemic. “Our poetry is selling incredibly well,” AMP publisher Kirsty Melville said during a September 10 Zoom networking event hosted by the American Book Producers Association. “Many of our books…

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fall regional shows kick off with high attendance

The fall independent bookstore regional meetings kicked off last week with both the New England Independent Booksellers Association’s Fall Conference and New Voices, New Rooms (NVNR), an event hosted jointly by the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association and the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. NEIBA executive director Beth Ineson said 450 attendees took part in its online fair, up from 377 at the in-person event in 2019. The NVNR conference attracted a total of 856 registrants, of which 568 were booksellers; 95 exhibitors signed up for the virtual show floor, which offered previews of fall titles and discounts for orders. “It feels like we built the field of dreams and people came to it,” said Linda-Marie Barrett, executive director of SIBA. “We are satisfied with how this turned out.” She noted that,…

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print unit sales continue to roll in mid-september

Helped by the release of Bob Woodward’s Rage, unit sales of print books jumped 16.4% in the week ended Sept. 19, 2020, over the comparable week in 2019, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Rage was the overall top title in the week, selling sold more than 344,000 copies. Another new release, Blackout by Candance Owens, sold more than 70,000 copies, and total sales in the adult nonfiction segment rose 14.7% over the week ended Sept. 21, 2019. YA fiction continued to benefit from the success of Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer, which sold more than 32,000 copies, helping to give category sales a 44.3% boost. Last year at this time, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton was the top YA fiction title, selling more than 7,000 copies, and The…