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Publishers Weekly November 4, 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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1 min.
the week in publishing

Execs at the Little Free Library, a nonprofit literacy organization, and the family of Todd Bol, the late founder of LFL, are at odds, with each side claiming that it is acting to protect Bol’s legacy and that the other is undermining it. Macmillan CEO John Sargent wrote an open letter to librarians and struck a somewhat conciliatory note over the issue of embargoing e-books to libraries, but his message remains unchanged: library lending of e-books poses a problem. Daisy Blackwell Hutton, previously v-p and publisher at HarperCollins Christian Publishing, has been named v-p and publisher of Hachette Book Group’s Hachette Nashville division, replacing Rolf Zettersten, who is retiring. Printing giant Quad said it is selling its book manufacturing business, which has annual revenue of about $200 million. The NCIBA voted to add four…

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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 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 Editorial Assistant, Children’s Books Sarah Yung 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 Director…

5 min.
is publishing too top-heavy?

Book publishing has long been a hits-driven business. The bestsellers, the logic went, paid for the flops. And it was the authors of those in the middle—the so-called midlist—that publishers hoped to build into the next crop of bestsellers. But midlist sales have faltered enough in recent years that there is a growing concern among publishers and agents about how the business can create new hits when the field they once turned to is, well, disappearing. Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy, during a discussion of the company’s second-quarter results, pointed to generating interest in midlist books as one of the biggest challenges facing all publishers. Though the hits-driven nature of publishing has not changed in recent years, the nature of those hits has. Due to a number of coalescing factors—including a…

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print units up 1.1% at the close of october

Unit sales of print books rose 1.1% in the week ended Oct. 26, 2019, over the comparable week in 2018, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Adult nonfiction had a solid week, with print unit sales up 5.8% over the week ended Oct. 27, 2018. A new book by Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: The New Frontier, sold more than 92,000 copies in its first week, making it the #1 book in the category. Another new cookbook, Binging with Babish by Andrew Rea, landed in the fourth spot on the adult nonfiction list, selling more than 21,000 copies, while Trump vs. China by Newt Gingrich followed Binging, selling more than 20,000 copies in its first week. The ongoing strong performance of Guts by Raina Telgemeier helped to drive…

6 min.
international interest in sibf grows

The 2019 Sharjah International Book Fair in the United Arab Emirates, which began October 29 and runs through November 9, hosted more than 2,000 exhibitors from 81 countries. Among approximately 173 authors participating in the fair are several bestsellers from the U.S., including James Clear, author of Atomic Habits; Mark Manson, author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck; crime writer Kathy Reichs; and television personality and author Steve Harvey. The fair began with a three-day professional program that saw some 400 people—including publishers, foreign rights directors, editors, and agents—convene for panels and matchmaking. Panels covered a range of topics, including recent digital developments, the role of the Arab writer, and the state of freedom of expression across the globe. A full morning was dedicated to presentations about publishing…

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DEAL OF THE WEEK The Ice Man Cometh… to S&S Actor Val Kilmer sold his memoir, I’m Your Huckleberry, to Simon & Schuster. Sean Manning took world rights to the title from agent David Vigliano at Vigliano Associates. S&S said the actor, whose credits include starring roles in The Doors and Tombstone, will recount “his acclaimed career, his high-profile romances, his spiritual journey,” and “details of his recent throat cancer diagnosis and recovery.” Manning added that Kilmer is “a gifted storyteller” who is “astoundingly well-read,” and the book, in addition to detailing his life in Hollywood, replete with “tantalizing celebrity anecdotes,” also showcases his “exquisite writing.” I’m Your Huckleblerry (a reference to a line in Tombstone) is set for April 2020, to coincide with the release of Top Gun: Maverick (the…