Publishers Weekly November 8, 2021

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jerome mark antil

When he was 69, his daughter asked him to write a book to help divorced fathers. His 87 page Handbook for Weekend Dads was an Amazon worldwide best seller in category for four years. Turning 70 he finished his first novel, The Pompey Hollow Book Club. A month after its release a Diane Simowski from Barnes & Noble world headquarters called him at home to ask if he was going to write more books as he was a storyteller and they wanted his books in their stores. Diane Simowski added that in her long career in publishing she had never called an author before. They spoke for an hour. That month Syracuse University named Jerome Mark Antil ‘Writer of the Year’ and a director of a WWII museum in Germany…

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publishers weekly digital archive

Since its founding in 1872, Publishers Weekly has chronicled the history of the U.S., British and international publishing industry. Now this history is available in a comprehensive digital archive, making access to this invaluable resource easy for academics, researchers and industry professionals. Gain access to over 7,500 issues and more than 650,000 pages, including nearly 400,000 book reviews, 5,000 author profiles/interviews and, starting in 1895, bestseller lists. Publishers Weekly Digital Archive Features ❑ Every page, article and issue fully searchable by keyword❑ IP authenticated access; no requirement to log in with username/password❑ In high resolution and full color❑ Industry news, trend articles, book reviews, advertisements, illustrations, covers and more❑ OCR’d and fully searchable text❑ All material in its original context, including ads❑ Wiki-style text corrector❑ Book trade statistics covering over 100 years❑ Bestseller…

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the week in publishing

Follett Corp. sold Baker & Taylor to a private investment company formed by Aman Kochar, B&T CEO and president. The sale includes all of B&T’s related businesses and comes about two months after Follett sold its Follett School Solutions subsidiary. The Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair has been postponed to March 20–22. The new dates will coincide with the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Both fairs are organized by BolognaFiere, and joint activities are being planned. Simon & Schuster’s third-quarter sales were $321 million, up 15% over the same period in 2020, and profits jumped 66%, to $93 million. All of the company’s divisions had big gains, led by the children’s group, where sales were up 19%. HarperCollins’s sales were up 19% in the quarter ended August 31 over the same period a year…

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too big to approve?

The U.S. Department of Justice last week sued to block Penguin Random House parent company Bertelsmann’s proposed $2.18 billion acquisition of ViacomCBS subsidiary Simon & Schuster, arguing that it “would result in substantial harm to authors.” The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on November 2. In it, the DOJ alleges that the proposed acquisition would “enable Penguin Random House, which is already the largest book publisher in the world, to exert outsized influence over which books are published in the United States and how much authors are paid for their work.” (PRH is the world’s third-largest publisher, but the largest trade publisher.) Notably, the DOJ focused its opposition on the deal’s impact on authors (and particularly on potential bestselling authors). “If consummated, this…

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print units rose 12% at october’s end

With all categories posting increases, unit sales of print books rose 12% in the week ended Oct. 30, 2021, over the comparable week in 2020, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. A host of new releases helped to drive sales; six of the top 10 books in the week were new, led by Jeff Kinney’s Big Shot, the 16th book in the Wimpy Kid series. Big Shot sold more than 211,000 copies in its first week, up from the 195,000 copies that the previous installment, The Deep End, sold when it was published in the week ended Oct. 31, 2020. Overall, sales in the juvenile fiction category rose 15%. J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (MinaLima Edition) sold almost 37,000 copies in its first week. The…

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pushkin industries keeps pushing

On November 16, Pushkin Industries will release the original audiobook Miracle and Wonder: Conversations with Paul Simon by bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell and journalist Bruce Headlam, narrated by Simon, Gladwell, and Headlam. Drawn from the more than 30 hours of interviews the authors recorded with Simon and featuring a preview of new music, this audio biography marks the latest phase in Pushkin’s evolution in the audio production arena. Gladwell cofounded Pushkin in 2018 with former Slate Group chairman and editor-in-chief Jacob Weisberg. Pushkin’s flagship programming consisted of Gladwell’s podcast Revisionist History—which he launched in 2016 with Panoply, a network then under the Slate umbrella—and the music podcast Broken Record, cohosted by Gladwell, Headlam, and music producer Rick Rubin. “Pushkin was Jacob Weisberg’s idea,” Gladwell said. The two had enjoyed working together on…