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Publishers Weekly September 16, 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

AWP executive director Chloe Schwenke, who served as interim executive director of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs before being officially named to the position six months ago, has been let go. Margaret Atwood’s new novel Testaments, a much-anticipated sequel to the Handmaid’s Tale, is off to a record-breaking start for the publisher, Penguin Random House. Librarians made a direct plea to Macmillan CEO John Sargent asking him to abandon plans to embargo new e-book releases to libraries. Reed Exhibitions, after experimenting with different time frames for BookExpo, has decided to return the show to a two-day exhibition preceded by a full day of educational programming. Margaret Anastas will join Viking Children’s Books next month, where she will launch an as-yet-unnamed imprint dedicated to publishing commercial picture books and picture book franchises. Online &…

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something for everyone at dbw

When Bradley Metrock took over Digital Book World, he promised to create an event that would attract a wide range of people involved in book publishing and related areas. That’s what happened at this year’s DBW—the second since Metrock acquired the conference from F + W in 2017—which ran September 10–12 in Nashville and attracted 1,000 participants. To meet the expectations of attendees, who ranged from new and experienced publishers to experts in fields such as voice technology, Metrock organized about 60 panels that included six tracks—Academic Book World, Data Book World, Market Book World, New Media Book World, Print Book World, and Production Book World—as well as a host of general sessions. Though his approach provided something for everyone, some attendees thought the conference could have been more focused. “The…

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unit sales up at the beginning of september

Unit sales of print books in the week ended Sept. 7, 2019, rose 0.9% over the comparable week in 2018, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. The juvenile nonfiction segment had a strong week with unit sales up 9.0% over the week ended Sept. 8, 2018, led by the release of two new titles. Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum by Dr. Seuss was the top title in the category, selling more than 16,000 copies. Just Ask! by Sonia Sotomayor was in second place on the category list, with more than 9,000 copies sold. Three new titles topped the adult nonfiction list, pushing unit sales in the category up 1.2% over 2018. Call Sign Chaos by Jim Mattis was #1 in adult nonfiction, selling more than 51,000 copies. In second place…

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new stories await just for you.

The Execution of Jesus the Christ The Medical Cause of Our Lord’s Death During His Illegal Crucifixion Mark J. Kubala, MD, FAANS, FACS For seventy years, we have been taught that Jesus died on the cross from asphyxiation because in the hanging position he was unable to exhale. Dr. Mark Kubala, a Christian neurosurgeon, explains why this theory is not based on sound science and presents an alternative medical cause of Jesus’s death, based on medical deduction and the New Testament. A review of the political and religious dynamics of Jesus’s time helps the reader to understand why Jesus was condemned to death by crucifixion. $13.95 paperback 978-1-5127-7393-4 also available in hardcover, ebook & audio book www.westbowpress.com The Prison Planet Handbook Denis Goodwin Sometimes, the reality prescribed to us doesn’t fit with or explain what we experience. So, if…

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remembering susan kamil

On September 8, Random House publisher Susan Kamil died at age 69, suddenly and of lung cancer, and the news shook the publishing world. Over the course of more than four decades, Kamil rose to the top of the book business, editing such accomplished authors as Sophie Kinsella, Ruth Reichl, Salman Rushdie, and Elizabeth Strout. For nearly a decade, she led Random House’s flagship publishing group and its imprints through continued successes and a merger with Penguin. Her friends and colleagues across the industry remember her as a magnanimous, compassionate, and brilliant individual and editor. Here’s what some of them had to say in the wake of her death. Nicole Aragi, agent I’m devastated. Susan was one of the most vital people in publishing. She was always fair, always warm, always bubbling…

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readerlink revenue hits $1.2 billion

With growth of 58% over the past three years, ReaderLink landed at #4,801 on Inc. magazine’s list of America’s 5,000 fastest-growing private companies. ReaderLink CEO Dennis Abboud told PW that as the distributor closes in on the end of fiscal 2019 on September 30, total revenue will be approximately $1.2 billion. The company now distributes books to about 700 chains that operate approximately 80,000 stores. A key to the recent growth has been ReaderLink’s ability to regain shelf space at major chains that had cut back on their book sections when they thought the rise of e-books would mean the demise of print. In one example, Abboud said, ReaderLink had gained back about 6.5 miles of space at Walmart. The distributor has also picked up more space at such major retailers…