Publishers Weekly February 8, 2021

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the week in publishing

Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, will hand over the CEO duties to Andy Jassy, head of Amazon Web Services, this summer. The company reported that sales in 2020 jumped 38% over 2019, to $386.1 billion, and earnings skyrocketed 84%. Sales at HarperCollins rose 23% in the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2020, over the comparable period the year before, and earnings soared 65%. The secondperiod results marked the best quarterly performance in HC’s history. Registration for the U.S. Book Show, a new online book fair produced by PW, opened last week. The fair will be held May 25–27 and will include four children’s and four adult panels focused on the big books coming in fall 2021. Firebrand Technologies was acquired by Media Do International, the U.S. subsidiary of Tokyo-based Media Do, a…

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booksellers’ embrace of e-commerce pays off

Few observers could have predicted that 2021 would begin with indie bookstores at the forefront of an unprecedented online shop local movement. But the temporary store closures of spring 2020 forced them to take a bold leap into the world of e-commerce. Their embrace of internet sales appears to have paid off, allowing them to meet surging demand spurred by the Black Lives Matter movement and the holiday shopping season, cementing the loyalty of longtime customers while reaching new ones, and succeeding in taking back dollars that were previously lost to online competitors. At the Concord Bookshop in Concord, N.H., owner Michael Herrmann took on the store’s e-commerce operations by himself at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, but given the large order volume, he soon realized this was unsustainable. “Over…

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print sales rose 19.5% at the end of january

With all major categories posting double-digit gains, unit sales of print book rose 19.5% in the week ended Jan. 30, 2021, over the comparable week in 2020, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Unit sales of YA fiction soared by 50.6% over the week ended Feb. 1, 2020, and YA nonfiction sales rose 41.2%. In both cases it was strong across-the-board sales rather than one or two big bestsellers that drove the gains. In YA fiction, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart remained the top title, selling more than 11,000 copies. Brigid Kemmerer’s A Vow So Bold and Deadly was the bestselling new title, selling more than 7,000 copies. YA nonfiction sales were led by Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, which sold more than 3,400 copies.…

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bookselling spotlight: uncle bobbie’s coffee & books

Bookselling is difficult work, and given the challenges of pay, hours, physical labor, and customer service, a career in bookselling is not for everyone. But at Philadelphia’s Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books, bookstore manager Evisa Gallman sees a long future for herself in her occupation. “Something that keeps coming up, that keeps recharging my batteries in this position, is knowing that you’re so valued,” she said. “It’s a completely different work experience, and quite a different relationship to a career.” That Uncle Bobbie’s is valued is seen in the meteoric rise of the Black-owned indie bookstore. It opened in 2017 with a mission to provide readers a space where community, respect, and ideas are in constant conversation with one another. That vision was created by owner Marc Lamont Hill, who is…

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DEAL OF THE WEEK Avid Nabs Debut for Seven Figures In a seven-figure deal, Avid Reader Press’s Jofie Ferrari Adler took world rights, after an exclusive submission, to T.J. Newman’s debut, Falling. The two-book deal was brokered by Shane Salerno at the Story Factory. Newman is a former bookseller and flight attendant who, Salerno said, “wrote much of Falling at 35,000 feet” on red-eyes while her passengers slept. The title, Salerno explained, “deals with a terrifying event that could result in a significant loss of life.” Falling is set for summer and will be the first thriller published by Avid. Pantheon Is ‘Sweet’ on Warrell After a six-way auction, Lisa Lucas at Pantheon won world rights to Laura Warrell’s debut, Sweet, Soft, Plenty Rhythm. Deborah Garrison will edit the novel, which is…

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letter to the editor

In response to your January 25 story “Houses Divided,” which asks, “In the wake of the events of January 6, will the Big Five think twice about publishing conservative authors?,” it’s important to clarify what publishers mean when they say conservative and why it is that your article and the phrase “conservative publishing” misrepresents exactly what critics take issue with. The fact is, while it may have taken Simon & Schuster a little over 24 hours to change course on its publication of Josh Hawley’s forthcoming book The Tyranny of Big Tech, it took exactly seven business days for Regnery Publishing, which coincidentally is distributed by Simon & Schuster, to acquire it. Hawley’s response to his contract cancellation included an accusation of the violation of his First Amendment rights. This is…