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Publishers Weekly April 19, 2021

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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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English
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PWxyz, LLC
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1 min.
the week in publishing

Simon & Schuster will not distribute a book by Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, one of two Louisville, Ky., police officers who shot six bullets that killed Breonna Taylor. The book’s publisher, Post Hill Press, is a distribution client of S&S. More than 100 of publishing’s most influential editors will discuss the biggest adult and children’s books of the fall when the first U.S. Book Show, presented by PW, debuts May 25–27. The London Book Fair will be fully virtual this year, with events that will bookend the month of June. Conferences will be held the week of June 7, and a further series of flagship digital events will run June 29–July 1. Ingram Content Group has reached an agreement to sell VitalSource, its digital learning platform, to Francisco Partners, a global investment firm specializing…

5 min.
disney reimagines its book business

Approximately eight years after the Walt Disney Co. sold the lion’s share of its adult book business to Hachette Book Group, Disney Publishing is returning to that market with the launch of Hyperion Avenue. First books from the imprint, directed by Jennifer Levesque, will come out this summer, with a full rollout in fall 2022—and within five years Disney aims to release 50–60 titles through Hyperion Avenue, according to Tonya Agurto, Disney Publishing’s senior v-p, publisher, imprint and IP development. The news of the launch of Hyperion Avenue follows a number of other developments at Disney—including the appointment this past winter of Sarah Weisinger as senior v-p, group publisher, Disney Publishing Worldwide—that reflect the desire to remake parts of its book publishing operations. That strategy flows from Disney Co. acquisitions and…

1 min.
unit sales of print books rose 6% in early april

Unit sales of print books rose 6% in the week ended Apr. 10, 2021, over the comparable week in 2020, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. The sales week was a complex one, as sales of juvenile books plunged while sales of adult titles skyrocketed. There were two reasons for the discrepencies: Easter week boosted sales of children’s books at this time last year, while adult sales declined last year because of the pandemic. Unit sales in the adult fiction category jumped 55.3% over the week ended Apr. 10, 2020, helped by the release of four new graphic novels published by Viz Media. New Viz releases took the first, second, fourth, and 10th spots on the adult fiction list, selling about 73,000 copies total. The top title in the…

7 min.
bookishness in the digital age

Did you read the book? It’s a question layered in excitement and guilt. “There’s a long history of loving books and collecting books, affiliating and identifying yourself through books,” said Jessica Pressman, associate professor of English and comparative literature at San Diego State University and author of Bookishness: Loving Books in a Digital Age (Columbia Univ.). “There is an urgency and a kind of intensity to that attachment and affiliation in a digital age.” Bookishness describes a person’s interest in maintaining nearness to books. It is a term derived from bookish, which is a label often applied to people who read a lot. “This is what I describe as creative acts that engage the physicality of the book within a digital culture, in modes that may be sentimental, fetishistic, radical,” Pressman…

5 min.
how ingram content group became a $2 billion company

In its first year, 1970, the Ingram Book Co. had sales of $1 million and employed 18 people, but by 2020, its successor, the Ingram Content Group, had revenue topping $2 billion. That is just one nugget that publishing insiders (and other readers) will find in The Family Business: How Ingram Transformed the World of Books, set to be released April 20 by West Margin Press, an Ingram subsidiary. Written by journalist (and onetime Ingram spokesman) Keel Hunt, The Family Business chronicles Ingram Content Group’s 50-year evolution from the Ingram Book Co.—formed to house the Tennessee Book Co., which Bronson Ingram bought in 1964 for $245,000—to the country’s largest book wholesaler, largest print-on-demand company, and largest independent book distributor. As a 50-year chart of its revenue shows, ICG did not have steady…

4 min.
deals

DEAL OF THE WEEK Dorman Walks Jackson’s ‘Street’ In a deal rumored to be in the seven-figure range, longtime Knopf editor Jenny Jackson sold North American rights to her debut novel, Pineapple Street, to Pamela Dorman for Dorman’s eponymous imprint at Penguin Random House. Brettne Bloom at the Book Group represented Jackson, who’s edited such authors as Emily St. John Mandel and Erin Morgenstern. The publisher said the novel, set for early 2023, follows three WASP-y and wealthy sisters living in “late-capitalist New York.” Bloom added that each sister is on her own path and is “deeply conflicted about the familial wealth she has inherited.” Hart’s Debut Goes to St. Martin’s The debut novel Weyward by Emilia Hart was acquired in a seven-figure, two-book deal. Sarah Cantin at St. Martin’s Press took…