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Publishers Weekly September 30, 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

The New York Times Book Review is making a slew of changes to its bestseller lists, including slimming some of its print lists from 15 to 10 titles and bringing back two of its much-loved lists. Hearst has announced the launch of two new illustrated lifestyle book imprints, Hearst Home and Hearst Kids, which are designed to take advantage of the media company’s portfolio of brands. Penguin Young Readers’ Kokila imprint announced it will publish the Dalai Lama’s first picture book, The Seed of Compassion, in March 2020. The Southern California Independent Booksellers Association board passed a resolution to dissolve the bookselling organization at the end of 2019. SCIBA members will vote on the resolution at its trade show, set for Sept. 27–28. Online & On-Air Podcasts Shelf Talker A bookseller talks about customer psychology: if a…

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censorship without borders

Banning books has been going on for centuries—and it’s not unique to the United States, either. To shed light on worldwide censorship of literature in honor of last week’s Banned Books Week, Global English Editing, an online professional editing and proof reading service, put together a map of the world showcasing book censorship in some of the planet’s most prominent nations. “Opposition to specific literature is nothing new, and censorship is nearly as old as writing itself,” a Global English Editing representative told PW. “Official censorship and the origins of the word censor can be traced back to the office of censor, established in Rome in 443 BCE. Here, and in other ancient societies such as China, it was considered a virtuous means to control and mold the character of the…

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print units slipped 0.4% in mid-september

Unit sales of print books dipped 0.4% in the week ended Sept. 21, 2019, compared to the similar week in 2018, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Gains in the juvenile categories were not enough to fully offset declines in the adult categories. Juvenile nonfiction had the largest increase over the week ended Sept. 22, 2018, with units up 13.9%. Guts by Raina Telgemeier topped the category list, selling more than 76,000 copies in its first week. In a distant second was Best Friends by Shannon Hale, which sold more than 8,000 copies. The release of The Last Kids on Earth and the Midnight Blade by Max Brallier gave a boost to the juvenile fiction category, where unit sales rose 2.6% over 2018. Sales of The Last Kids neared…

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DEAL OF THE WEEK Teen Activist Signs with Penguin Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg closed a two-book deal with Penguin Press, selling U.S. rights to a memoir and a collection of speeches. Thunberg, who took center stage in a worldwide climate demonstration last week, was represented by Sigrid Stavnem at Politiken Literary Agency. The book of speeches is called No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference, and the memoir, which she is co-writing with her family, is titled Our House Is on Fire. The books were acquired by Penguin’s Christopher Richards. McEwan’s Brexit Novella to Anchor Booker-winner Ian McEwan sold U.S. rights to a new novella, The Cockroach, to Anchor Books. The publisher described the political satire, in which a once-loathed man wakes up to discover he’s the prime minister…

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with new leaders, godine poised to grow

David R. Godine, Publisher is in the midst of a transformation that includes 75-year-old David R. Godine stepping down as publisher at year’s end from the press that he founded five decades ago. His retirement is the final piece in a four-year transition during which DRG president William Thorndike, founding partner of Housatonic Partners, a private equity investment firm, assumed majority control of the Boston-based literary press. Known for its beautifully published and carefully selected books, DRG has had two Nobel laureates on its backlist in the past decade: Patrick Modiano (Desert and The Prospector) and J.M.G. Le Clézio (Honeymoon and Missing Person) were awarded the prize in literature. In addition, DRG has had its publishing program affirmed by its outsize presence in Jim Mustich’s 1,000 Books to Read Before You…

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what’s next for audible captions?

After a 90-minute hearing on September 25, a federal judge is considering whether to issue a preliminary injunction barring Audible, the Amazon-owned seller and producer of digital audiobooks, from including the works of seven publishers in its controversial Captions program while a copyright infringement lawsuit over the program is litigated. And if the court’s decision comes down to the merits of Audible’s fair use defense, the plaintiffs (which include all of the Big Five plus Scholastic and Chronicle Books) have reason to feel good about their chances. Opening the arguments, Dale Cendali, the publishers’ attorney, said that Captions—a feature that scrolls a few words of an AI-generated transcription alongside a digital audiobook as it plays—represents a “quintessential” case of copyright infringement. Cendali told judge Valerie Caproni that Audible’s “public benefit” justification…