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Publishers Weekly September 2, 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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about the front cover

NONFICTION: SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY Adventures of a Computational Explorer Stephen Wolfram Essays on science, technology and language design take the reader on surprising and engaging intellectual adventures. 978-1-57955-026-4 • $24.95 • 430 pp. Available from Ingram Wholesale, Amazon, Baker & Taylor Wolfram Media • MIDDLE GRADE: FANTASY Babble Magic Miguel Lopez de Leon A sorcerer’s apprentice tries to make a squirrel speak in time for a wizard convention! 978-1543934601 • $12.99 • 242 pp. Available from Amazon, Apple Books, BookBaby • CHILDREN’S FICTION/ADVENTURE Big City Magic Uncover the Secret of the Big Apple Jeanne Bender Lindie Lou discovers a New York secret so amazing, incredible, and important, it can change her life! 9781943493265 paper • $10.00 • 260 pp. Available from Ingram, Baker & Taylor and Follett School Solutions Published by Pina Publishing • ROMANTIC FICTION Commitment R. C. Cord A Washington Congressman and war veteran, torn between two beautiful…

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the week in publishing

Arcadia Publishing has acquired Wildsam, publisher of the Wildsam Field Guides series. With the purchase, Wildsam will expand its editorial team and increase the number of titles to be published in 2020. Trade sales rose 3.8% in the first half of 2019 over the comparable period in 2018, according to the AAP’s StatShot program. Within the segment, sales of adult books rose 1.4%, while sales of children’s/YA books increased 7.4%. Sales at religious presses, which AAP puts in the trade segment, rose 11.4%. In a message sent to library customers, Tom Mercer, senior v-p of digital products for Bibliotheca, charged that it is “highly probable” that Amazon is using its data to suggest to authors and agents that libraries are bad for their retail sales. The newly expanded Christian Product Expo attracted nearly…

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publishers weekly

President George Slowik Jr. Executive V-P, Publisher Cevin Bryerman V-P, Editorial Director Jim Milliot V-P, General Manager Carl Pritzkat V-P, Children’s Book Editor Diane Roback V-P, Executive Editor Jonathan Segura Associate Publisher Joe Murray Art Director Clive Chiu Managing Editor Daniel Berchenko News Director Rachel Deahl Senior News Editor Calvin Reid News and Digital Editor John Maher Features Editor Carolyn Juris Deputy Reviews Editor Gabe Habash Senior Editors Peter Cannon, Mark Rotella Senior Reviews Editor Rose Fox Reviews Editors David Adams Everett Jones, Meg Lemke, Maya C. Popa, Seth Satterlee Associate Reviews Editor Phoebe Cramer Children’s Reviews Editor Amanda Bruns Senior Writer Andrew R. Albanese Bookselling & International Editor Ed Nawotka Religion Editor Emma Koonse Wenner Associate Editor, Children’s Books Emma Kantor Assistant Editor Drucilla Shultz Associate Art Director Nicole Cadavid Copy Editor Robby Ritacco Director of Marketing Krista Rafanello Marketing Manager Stacey Gill Sales Coordinator Deena Ali Licensing Director Christi Cassidy Director of Special Editorial Projects Adam Boretz BookLife Editor…

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mixed first half to 2019

The first six months of 2019 were something of a mixed bag for trade publishers whose financial results are publicly reported. Penguin Random House had by far the best first half of 2019, with earnings jumping 33% over the comparable period in 2018, while revenue rose 11.3%. Operating earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) rose from €171 million in the first six months of 2018, to €227 million, PRH parent company Bertelsmann reported. Sales were €1.65 billion, up from €1.48 billion. Acquisitions and hundreds of bestsellers drove the gains. Three acquisitions in particular affected first-half results, as detailed by PRH CEO Markus Dohle in a letter to worldwide employees: the purchases of children’s publisher Little Tiger Group in London as well as Spanish-language literary publisher Ediciones Salamandra and Catalan-language publisher…

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print unit sales rose 1.2% in late august

Unit sales of print books rose 1.2% in the week ended Aug. 24, 2019, compared to the similar week in 2018, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Three of the four major segments had gains over the week ended Aug. 25, 2018, led by juvenile fiction, where units were up 8.7%. The increase in the juvenile fiction category was driven by Dav Pilkey’s Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls, which sold nearly 126,000 copies in its second week; its two-week sales total is more than 368,000 copies. A distant second was We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins, which sold nearly 22,000 copies. Getting-ready-for-school titles dominated the juvenile nonfiction category, where units rose 6.4% over 2018. Big Preschool was the big winner in the week, with…

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webtoon builds an audience for webcomics

Founded in Korea in 2004 by JunKoo Kim, Webtoon is a digital publishing and self-publishing platform offering webcomics; it launched operations in the U.S. in 2014. The company offers webcomics to read for free to an audience that skews young (ages 14–24) and female (about 64%). After years of growing its user base in the U.S., Webtoon is preparing to launch a series of nine online graphic adaptations of young adult prose novels published by a variety of houses. Among the publishers it is working with are Amazon Publishing, HarperCollins, Macmillan/Tor Books, Penguin Random House, and Simon & Schuster. Victoria Lee’s fantasy novel The Fever King, an Amazon title, launched on Webtoon in March. Other forthcoming webcomic adaptations include Dan Wells’s supernatural murder mystery I Am Not a Serial Killer (fall…