Publishers Weekly June 21, 2021

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the week in publishing

McGraw Hill is being sold for $4.5 billion to the private equity firm Platinum Equity. The sale comes eight years after the company was acquired by Apollo Global Management for $2.4 billion. Louise Burke and Kate Hartson, publishing veterans with a background in publishing conservative authors, have formed All Seasons Press, which plans to focus on “issue-oriented books [written] from a conservative perspective.” April bookstore sales soared 204% over last year, jumping to $514 million from $169 million in April 2020, which was the low point for sales last year. For the first four months of 2021, bookstore sales were up 8.4%. The New York state legislature passed a bill that would ensure public libraries have the right to license and lend e-books that are available for sale to consumers. The bill is…

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mikyla bruder steps up

Mikyla Bruder doesn’t anticipate any surprises when she takes charge of Amazon Publishing in July, following the departure of Jeff Belle, who has headed the operation since it began in 2009. “We’ve worked together for so long, I expect it to be an easy transition,” she said. June marks her 10th year with Amazon Publishing, and she has been publisher since 2015. Prior to joining Amazon, Bruder worked at a number of West Coast publishers in several different roles. She was executive editor and publishing director at Chronicle Books and then associate publisher/director of sales and marketing at Workman’s Portland, Ore.–based imprint Timber Press. Like many West Coast publishers, she believes being outside of the New York City metro area has given her a different view of the book world. She…

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print unit sales rose 4.8% in early june

Unit sales of print books rose 4.8% in the week ended June 11, 2021, over the comparable week in 2020, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Adult fiction led the way, with sales up 23.2% over the week ended June 12, 2020. The top book was The President’s Daughter by James Patterson and Bill Clinton, which sold more than 60,000 copies in its first week. Other new novels that did well included The Texan Code by Diana Palmer, which sold more than 18,000 copies, and Don Bentley’s Tom Clancy: Target Acquired, which sold nearly 16,000 copies. YA fiction print sales increased 17.9% in the most recent week, largely driven by back list titles. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera remained the category’s top title, selling more…

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regional association fall trade show schedule

California Independent Booksellers Alliance: Fall Discovery Lab; virtual, October 25–27; live events, San Francisco, October 24, Pasadena, October 28 Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association and Midwest Independent Booksellers Association: Heartland Fall Forum; virtual, various dates in August, September, and October New England Independent Booksellers Association: Fall Conference; virtual, September 21–23 New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association and the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance: New Voices, New Rooms; virtual, September 27–October 1 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association: PNBA Tradeshow; Portland, October 3–5 Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association: FallCon; Denver, October 7–9…

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fall regionals will mix live, virtual events

With vaccination rates increasing across the country, the industry is showing more signs of opening for business as usual. Among some of the first large in-person publishing events to be held will be the fall regional bookseller association shows. The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association will be the first to hold a live event when it opens the 2021 PNBA Tradeshow in Portland on October 3. The show will run till October 5 and feature typical in-person author events and education sessions, along with what the association is calling a “virtual annex.” “The decision was made final after a visit to the hotel show site, the balance of inquiries and endorsements from members and supporters tipping in favor of a show, and an all-day staff retreat to lay out a workable plan,”…

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DEAL OF THE WEEK Holt Wins Wolff’s ‘Landslide’ Michael Wolff sold another book about the Trump presidency to Henry Holt. Sarah Crichton acquired North American rights to Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency from Andrew Wylie at the Wylie Agency. It’s the author’s third title about the former president, following his 2018 runaway bestseller Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House and the 2019 follow-up, Siege: Trump Under Fire. Holt said Landslide “closes the story of Trump’s four years in office and his tumultuous last months at the helm of the country” and offers “a wealth of new information and insights about what really happened inside the highest office in the land, and the world.” The book, which is embargoed, will publish July 27 and has a first…