Publishers Weekly October 25, 2021

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.

United States
PWxyz, LLC
7,18 €(TVA Incluse)
196,52 €(TVA Incluse)
51 Numéros

dans ce numéro

1 min
the week in publishing

Adrienne Vaughan has been promoted to president of Bloomsbury Publishing USA. Vaughan joined Bloomsbury in September 2020 as executive director and COO, and took over responsibility for the company’s publishing operation following the restructuring of Bloomsbury’s consumer division this past February. Independent Publishers Group acquired U.K.-based United Independent Distributors. IPG CEO Joe Matthews called the deal a “game-changing acquisition”—one that will make IPG one of the world’s largest distributors for indie publishers. Cosmetics company Mary Kay Inc. filed a lawsuit against Jennifer Bickel Cook, alleging that she misappropriated copyrighted material in writing Pass It On, her book about the company and its founder, Mary Kay Ash. Mango Publishing Group and the Italian children’s and illustrated books publisher White Star signed an agreement in which the two publishers will exchange translation rights to certain…

5 min
a quieter frankfurt delights many

After a year’s hiatus as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Frankfurt Book Fair returned October 20–22 as a hybrid event, featuring a mix of online programming, in-person presentations, exhibit halls, and the agents center. The number of participants for the in-person fair was significantly scaled down from previous years, with daily capacity limited to 25,000 to accommodate social distancing. Fair organizers declined to say whether they had reached daily capacity during the professional part of the show, but they did say tickets were sold out over the weekend, when the public was allowed to attend the fair. Many of the largest publishers, particularly those from the U.S. and U.K., chose to stay home, creating room for smaller and medium-size publishers to gain more visibility and interact with a larger…

1 min
print sales up 2.7% in mid-october

Unit sales of print books rose 2.7% for the week ended Oct. 16, 2021, over the comparable week in 2020, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. For the first time in a number of weeks, sales in adult nonfiction increased over 2020, albeit by only 0.4%. Six of the top 10 adult nonfiction books were new. To Rescue the Republic by Brett Baier was #2 in the category, selling more than 29,000 copies, followed by Ron Howard’s memoir, The Boys, which sold more than 21,000 copies. Misha Collins’s book of poems, Some Things I Still Can’t Tell You, sold more than 20,000 copies, putting it in fifth place on the category list, followed by The Forever Dog by Rodney Habib, which sold just under 20,000 copies, and Midnight in…

2 min
bookscan still bullish on q4 sales

Book sales should finish 2021 on a good note, but a number of factors could mean softer sales in early 2022, said Kristen McLean, executive director and industry analyst for books at NPD BookScan, during a webinar on third-quarter sales. Though sales of print books dipped in the quarter ended October 2 compared to a year ago, sales were still up 11% in the first nine months of the year and are up 90 million units over 2019. McLean believes there is enough momentum heading into the holidays to allow the industry to finish 2021 with a sales increase of 5%–9% above 2020, with the most likely scenario being a 6%–9% increase. In a presentation in July, McLean said she thought sales would be up 2%–10% for the year, with a…

5 min
bookselling spotlight: powell’s books

Powell’s Books in Portland, Ore., is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a variety of special promotions, starting with, naturally, books. The bookstore is offering a curated collection of “50 books for 50 years,” which aims to “show us who we have been as a country and a species and where we are going,” according to its website, and emphasize “the power of the right words, at the right time, to act as a mirror and a beacon.” The titles range from Assata: An Autobiography, by the Black Panther activist Assata Shakur, to contemporary novels like No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood. Then there are the 50thanniversary sidelines, which include a City of Books–branded IPA brewed by Ex Novo Brewing Company and bookstore-scented candles and cologne. Looking…

3 min

DEAL OF THE WEEK Broom Moves to Hogarth In a North American rights agreement, David Ebershoff at Penguin Random House’s Hogarth imprint bought three books by Sarah M. Broom. Broom won the National Book Award for Nonfiction and the NBCC John Leonard Prize for Best First Book for her debut, 2019’s The Yellow House. She was represented by Suzanne Gluck at William Morris Endeavor. Hogarth said the three new titles are connected thematically and will use “personal narrative, reportage, archival research, and cultural criticism” to “take readers on a collective journey.” Broom will explore “what it means to be a Black woman wanderer, mount an architectural survey of teeth and the infrastructure of the body, and finally, in returning home, will explore New Orleans through its history of Black homeownership.” The…