Saturday, October 26, 2013

Book trade news from PW

'Allegiant' Sells 455K Copies on Day One
In what was the largest ever first-day number for HarperCollins, Veronica Roth's YA novel Allegiant sold 455,000 copies globally across all formats on its release day, October 22. The book had an announced two-million-copy first printing. more »

First LitCrawl Los Angeles a Big Success
An estimated 2,000 devotees from the Los Angeles literary community were out in force on the evening of Wednesday, October 23, in North Hollywood, Calif., for the first annual LitCrawl 2013 Los Angeles: NoHo. The event is now a participant in the national Litquake Foundation series. more »

Simon & Schuster to Launch Science Fiction, Fantasy Imprint 

Simon & Schuster is preparing to up its presence in the science fiction, fantasy and horror market with the launch of a new imprint dedicated to the category. The as yet unnamed imprint will be overseen by Jon Anderson, executive v-p and publisher of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, but will, S&S said, publish books “for readers of all ages.” Justin Chandra, v-p and publisher of S&S Books for Young Readers, Atheneum and Margaret K. McElderry, has been named to head the imprint, and Joe Monti has been hired as executive editor. more »

Polly Horvath and Groundwood Take Top Honors at Canadian Awards
Titles published by Groundwood Books won three of the seven awards given out at the 2013 Canadian Children's Literature Awards celebration in Toronto on October 22. Author Polly Horvath's novel One Year in Coal Harbour not only took the top honor but also won this year's inaugural TD Canadian Children's Literature Fan Choice Award. more » »

How Amazon, Goodreads Could Lose Readers: When Amazon bought Goodreads it got a community of passionate readers, not all of whom want to follow the new rules.

Editor at OED Enjoys Last Word: The third edition is some 18 years behind schedule, but then one doesn’t like to rush these things, says the outgoing chief editor.

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