Publishers Weekly June 7, 2021

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the week in publishing

The second U.S. Book Show, presented by PublishersWeekly, is set for May 24–26, 2022. The inaugural event was held May 25–27 and drew more than 150 exhibitors; approximately 3,600 registrants watched some portion of the three-day program. Revenue at Bloomsbury rose 14% in the fiscal year ended Feb. 28, 2021, to £185.1 million ($262 million), while profits increased 22% over fiscal 2020. The gains were helped by a 27% increase in sales in North America, where sales were $75 million. Online sales at Indigo Books & Music jumped 127% in fiscal year 2021 over fiscal 2020, partially offsetting a 34% decline in sales through its physical stores. Still, sales dropped 5.5% in the year, to C$904.7 million, and the bookseller’s losses deepened. AMaryland bill requiring any publisher offering to license “an electronic literary…

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job one

The Association of American Publishers covered a lot of ground in its 90-minute annual meeting, which was held June 2 and, for the second year in a row, was conducted via Zoom. As part of their remarks, Brian Napack, AAP chair and CEO of John Wiley, and Maria Pallante, CEO of AAP, made clear that protecting copyright remains the top priority for the association. Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar voiced her concerns over the power of Big Tech in accepting the AAP’s 2021 Award for Distinguished Public Service. Keynote speaker Don Lemon (CNN host and author of This Is the Fire), urged publishers to publish more authors of color, while closing keynoter Brad Stone focused his remarks on Amazon, the subject of two of his books, The Everything Store and the recently…

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print unit sales end may with 11.6% increase

Unit sales of print books rose 11.6% in the week ended May 29, 2021, over the comparable week in 2020, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. The adult fiction category had another big week, with sales up 25.8% over the week ended May 30, 2020. Legacy by Nora Roberts was the top-selling title in the category, selling nearly 33,000 copies in its first week. Other new books that crack ed the top 10 adult fiction bestseller list were Christian Feehan’s Shadow Storm, which sold more than 18,000 copies, and The Saboteurs by Clive Cussler, which sold over 14,000 copies. Print sales increased 17.6% in the week over 2020 in juvenile fiction. With more in-person college graduations taking place this year compared to spring 2020, sales of Oh, the Plces…

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bookwire launches in the u.s.

Bookwire, the international e-book and audiobook distribution platform, is launching its services in the U.S. The company, based in Frankfurt, has offices in Brazil, Germany, Mexico, and the U.K., and its new New York City office is being run by Raquel Plitt, senior manager for business development and publisher relations. In the U.S., the company’s primary focus will be on audiobook development and distribution, as well as offering production and even casting for audiobooks. These are services particularly relevant to small and medium-size U.S. publishers, which may still have deep catalogs of as yet unproduced audiobooks. As audiobook streaming services become even more prevalent, Bookwire’s team believes their work in Eu rope gives them a competitive advantage. “The audiobook landscape is growing in complexity each day,” said Videl Bar-Kar, global head…

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DEAL OF THE WEEK ◼ Nwabineli’s Debut Goes to Graydon With a six-figure preempt, Graydon House’s Cat Clyne won Someday, Maybe by Onyi Nwabineli, who was born in Nigeria, raised in Scotland and England, and now lives in London and works in tech. The publisher said the debut novel follows a British Nigerian woman mourning her husband’s suicide as she tries to balance “toxic in-laws, her boisterous immigrant family, and society’s pressure to ‘move on.’” It was “strongly influenced by the author’s own immigrant experience” and “reads like Jojo Moyes’s After You meets Yaa Gyasi’s Transcendent Kingdom with a sprinkling of Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You.” Amy St. Johnston at Aitken Alexander Associates brokered the world English rights agreement. Someday, Maybe is set for winter 2023. ◼ Payne Does Jane for Berkley After…

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spotlight on craig alanson

As a connoisseur of alien invasion movies, author Craig Alanson has given a lot of thought to the logistics of potential encounters between humans and extraterrestrials. His conclusion? “There is no way humanity could survive a real invasion,” he says, “not without a lot of outside help.” The question of who would step up to help humans on the receiving end of an alien attack would ultimately lead Alanson to write Columbus Day, the first installment in his Expeditionary Force series of humorous military sci-fibooks. The series charts the course of an intergalactic war between humans and a technologically advanced alien species called the Ruhar—and a second alien race that comes to assist Earth. The series has grown to 12 titles, with Breakaway, the latest installment from Alanson, publishing earlier…