Publishers Weekly January 25, 2021

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the week in publishing

Naver, South Korea’s leading internet platform, is acquiring Canadian social writing and reading platform Wattpad for more than $600 million in cash and stock. Regnery Publishing will publish Missouri senator Josh Hawley’s The Tyranny of Big Tech. The book was dropped by Simon & Schuster shortly after the riot that took place at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Bookstore sales were $485 million in November, down from $618 million in November 2019. The 21.5% decline was the smallest monthly drop since spring. Peter McGuigan, cofounder of Foundry Literary + Media, has filed a lawsuit against his former business partner, Yfat Reiss Gendell, accusing her of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the literary agency. A federal judge handed John Bolton a significant win in his ongoing legal battle with the government over…

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houses divided

It took Simon & Schuster a little over 24 hours to change course on its publication of Josh Hawley’s forthcoming book, The Tyranny of Big Tech. On the morning of January 6, Hawley was a junior senator from Minnesota who was aggressively (and baselessly) challenging the results of the presidential election. By the end of the day, he was seen by many as having played a major role in inciting a riot at the Capitol. By the morning of January 7, S&S announced that it was canceling the publication of his book, raising questions about the future of conservative authors at the country’s biggest houses. There are some in the industry who believe houses have a responsibility to publish a wide range of viewpoints, seeing it as a First Amendment issue.…

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print unit sales soar in mid-january

With all major categories posting huge gains, unit sales of print books jumped 22.7% for the week ended Jan. 16, 2021, over the comparable week in 2020, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. The biggest gains came in the YA categories, with fiction up 47.6% and nonfiction rising 46.9%. The release of Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas, which sold nearly 18,000 copies, helped to lift YA fiction. In YA nonfiction, Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi was the top title, selling more than 4,100 copies. Juvenile fiction sales rose 30.7% over the week ended Jan. 18, 2020, led by Little Blue Truck’s Valentine by Alice Schertle, which sold just over 28,000 copies, and Dav Pilkey’s Cat Kid Comic Club, which sold nearly 22,000 copies. Juvenile nonfiction sales…

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winter have you locked inside? we've got you covered.

B-29 “Double Trouble” Is “Mister Bee” Radar Photography Of And Bombing Japan During World War II My North Carolinian Father In The Crew Of The “Lone B-29” Boeing Superfortress Bomber Flying The Longest Nonstop Combat Mission Of World War II Colonel Charles A. Jones Elmer C. Jones, a young man who grew up during the Great Depression, joined the military in 1943, becoming a member of the Army’s Air Corps in 1944. He was the radar observer of a B-29 Superfortress bomber crew flying 28 combat missions over Japan in 1945--13 bombing missions and 15 photographic reconnaissance missions, including the longest aviation combat mission of the war: 4,650 miles in 23:00 hours. He accumulated 489:50 combat flying hours during the war. $27.99 paperback 978-1-7960-9573-9 also available in hardcover & ebook Baby Rafi The Runaway Giraffe Valerie Lee Baker $16.99…

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bracing for another e-book price-fixing case

For industry observers, there was a feeling of déjà vu on January 14 when a prominent class-action law firm announced it had filed suit over alleged price-fixing in the e-book market—the second e-book price-fixing suit in a decade. What to make of this new lawsuit? PW has prepared an explainer. Who is bringing the suit, and why? The suit is being brought against Amazon on behalf of three named plaintiffs and a potential class of consumers who bought e-books published by the Big Five “through a retail platform that competes with Amazon at a price inflated by Amazon and its Co-conspirator Publishers’ price restraint.” The suit was filed by Seattle-based firm Hagens Berman, which filed the first e-book price-fixing lawsuit against Apple and five of the then–Big Six publishers in August 2011.…

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DEAL OF THE WEEK Gallery Re-ups Christina Lauren The writing duo of Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, who work under the pen name Christina Lauren, inked a new two-book deal at Gallery Books. Jennifer Bergstrom at the Simon & Schuster imprint took world English rights from Holly Root at Root Literary, with senior editor Hannah Braaten set to edit. The first book under the agreement, currently untitled, is set for spring 2022 and, the publisher said, was pitched as “a gender-swapped Romancing the Stone meets The Hangover, where a scrappy canyoneering guide is reunited with her city-boy ex on a deadly treasure hunt in the red rock canyons of Southern Utah.” Gallery has been publishing Lauren since 2013. Krans Gets Mystical at Chronicle Eva Avery at Chronicle Prism bought a new collection…