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Publishers Weekly

June 17, 2019

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.

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the week in publishing

Bookstore sales increased in April, rising 3.4% over April 2018, to $693 million. The gain ended a three month sales slide in 2019, and bookstore sales were down 6% for the first four months of 2019 compared to the same period a year ago. Harlequin has formed Harlequin Studios, which will draw on IP currently under the publisher’s umbrella to better position the company’s 30,000 titles to be adapted for film and television. To that end, Harlequin Studios has already struck a deal with Canada’s CTV Network, which will adapt the publisher’s content into a series of over 20 made-for-TV movies. Bill Loverd, director of publicity at Knopf Publishers for nearly 40 years, died from cancer June 13 at his home in New Jersey. He was 78. During his long career, Loverd…

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publisher weekly

President George Slowik Jr. Executive V-P, Publisher Cevin Bryerman V-P, Editorial Director Jim Milliot V-P, General Manager Carl Pritzkat V-P, Children’s Book Editor Diane Roback V-P, Executive Editor Jonathan Segura Associate Publisher Joe Murray Art Director Clive Chiu Managing Editor Daniel Berchenko News Director Rachel Deahl Senior News Editor Calvin Reid News and Digital Editor John Maher Features Editor Carolyn Juris Deputy Reviews Editor Gabe Habash Senior Editors Adam Boretz, Peter Cannon, Mark Rotella Senior Reviews Editor Rose Fox Reviews Editors Everett Jones, Hannah Kushnick, Meg Lemke, Maya C. Popa, Seth Satterlee Children’s Reviews Editor Amanda Bruns Senior Writer Andrew R. Albanese Bookselling & International Editor Ed Nawotka Religion Editor Emma Koonse Wenner Associate Editor, Children’s Books Emma Kantor Associate Children’s Reviews Editor Matia Burnett Assistant Editor Drucilla Shultz Associate Art Director Nicole Cadavid Copy Editor Robby Ritacco Senior Marketing Director Krista Rafanello Marketing Copywriter Stacey Gill Sales Coordinator Deena Ali Licensing Director Christi Cassidy Director of Special Editorial Projects…

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waiting for daunt

After Elliott Advisors made a $6.50-per-share bid on June 7 to buy Barnes & Noble, other prospective buyers had until 11:59 p.m. on June 13 to put forward alternative offers. Reports surfaced last week that Readerlink was working on a counteroffer, but no new bids were received before the deadline, meaning that Elliott is officially the owner-in-waiting of America’s largest bookstore chain. Any successful counteroffer would have required the new buyer to pay a $4 million fee to Elliott, and while it is technically still possible for another offer James Daunt to be made, the breakup fee has risen to $17 million. A B&N spokesperson said that since the retailer received no new bids, it will work toward completing the purchase by Elliott, which is expected sometime in the third quarter. The…

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unit sales had small gain in early june

Good performances by the nonfiction segment offset softness in fiction in the week ended June 8, 2019, leading to a small gain in print unit sales over the comparable week in 2018 at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Unit sales of adult nonfiction rose 6.1% over the week ended June 9, 2018, despite the lack of hot new titles. The top new book was Michael Wolff’s Siege, which sold just under 18,000 copies, putting it in fifth place on the category bestseller list. Scribner’s edition of The Mueller Report continues to have legs, selling 22,000 copies in the week, putting it in second place behind Unfreedom of the Press by Mark Levin, which sold more than 30,000 copies. Unit sales of print books rose 4% in juvenile nonfiction, where…

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columbia global reports goes its own way

Nick Lemann acknowledged that he “stumbled” onto the format that would become the signature look for books published by Columbia Global Reports, which earlier this month released its 20th title since launching with its first list five years ago. Based out of Columbia University and directed by Lemann, dean emeritus of the Columbia Journalism School, the press publishes books that, on average, run 150 pages and come in a 5”-by-7.5” trim size. With his background at the journalism school, Lemann created CGR with the aim of publishing books that could deliver information in a timely way and also garner attention from book buyers. “I’m really happy with the unified format and length,” he said. But CGR would not have enjoyed the success it has without the writers it has attracted. Lemann believes…

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bill jemas returns

The last time PW spoke with comics impresario and former Marvel publisher Bill Jemas, he was overseeing Double Take Comics, an interesting, wildly unconventional, and ultimately short-lived comics publishing startup funded by video game developer Take Two Interactive Software. Now Jemas is back, this time as CEO and publisher of Artists Writers & Artisans, a new comics venture, and he’s brought James Murdoch (yes, that Murdoch), Lightspeed Venture Partners, and a combined $10 million in investments along with him. In the wake of the continuing mass popularity of superhero movies, AWA is looking to license its comics series and characters for movies, games, TV series, and other media ventures that are far more lucrative than publishing print comics. It has recruited many of the best-known creators in comics (as well as…