Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Roundup with PW

Independent Booksellers End Year on High Note
Independent booksellers overcame an election-year slump in November and the lack of a must-have title to finish the year flat or slightly up. more »

Milo Yiannopoulos Book May Not Be Coming To a Store Near You
Many booksellers said they don't plan to stock the forthcoming Milo Yiannopoulos book, but will special order it for customers who request it. more » »

Publishers Face Political Storms: Publishers courting an emerging market of young conservatives who hold extreme right-wing stances are entering an ideological minefield.

Borges Case Heads to Court: The author of 'The Fattened Aleph,' a lengthened version of Borges’s story 'The Aleph,' denies plagiarism charges as his court day looms in Argentina.

Doubleday's History, On An Auction Block: The estate of Nelson Doubleday Jr., the third and last of the Doubledays to run the publishing company, is headed to auction.

Poetry Is Standardized Testing Torture: When the most impersonal tests meet the most personal topics, everyone has a bad time—students, teachers, and authors included.

Michael Cunningham Meets David Bowie: When the Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist got a call from Bowie, he thought it was a prank—but it was the start of a yearlong musical project.

Print Book Sales Rose Again in 2016
Unit sales of print books rose 3.3% in 2016 over the previous year, making it the third-straight year of print growth. more »

Riggio Reaffirms Commitment to Bricks-and-Mortar
Despite weak holiday sales at Barnes & Noble, CEO Len Riggio said there are no plans to accelerate store closings and that he expects the retailer to be "store positive" in the fiscal year ending in April 2018. more »

The Top 10 Print Book and Amazon Kindle Bestsellers of 2016
The new Harry Potter book was by far the bestselling print title of 2016, and 'The Girl On the Train' was a major print and e-book bestseller for the second year in a row. more »

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