ONLINE & ON-AIR
Following Egmont’s announcement that it will
shutter its U.S. of;ces, authors on Egmont
USA’s spring 2015 list (its very last) have
banded together via social media to market
and publicize their books.
Beverly Jenkins, author of numerous
romance novels, including Destiny’s Captive
(Avon), picks the 10 best historical romance
New titles address the fraught relationship
between religion and sex.
Since the news broke on February 3 that HarperCollins will
publish Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman—a decades-old
companion to To Kill a Mockingbird—in July, observers have
speculated about whether Lee consented to the release;
whether Universal Studios, which owns the rights to the
Oscar-winning 1962 ;lm version of Mockingbird, also has a
claim over Watchman; and more. The news also sparked
interest in Mockingbird, a backlist staple, with multiple editions
seeing sales bumps this week over last week.
Bestseller Stat Shot
Author, educator, and researcher
Naomi Baron talks about how
are driving the shift
to digital reading.
Plus, PW reviews
editor Annie Coreno
best audio books.
Check out PW’s Tumblr for gorgeous photos
of people reading books in India, South
Africa, Yemen, and more, taken by Steve
McCury, the photographer behind National
Geographic’s famed cover portrait of the
so-called Afghan girl, Sharbat Gula.
How do you sell a book when its cover just
doesn’t match its content?
The Week Ahead
This week we wrap up
Winter Institute and look
at how publishers in
Europe, still battling a
global recession, are
beginning to look
harder at libraries as a
way to reach readers and
battle digital piracy.
More to Come
Conversations about the
relaunch of DC’s superhero
universe, Scribd adding
10,000 comics to its
subscription service, Marvel’s
new all-female Avengers
team-up, and Spider-Man’s
return to the Marvel cinematic universe.
David J. Smith discusses
If: A Mind-Bending New
Way of Looking at Big
Ideas and Numbers (Kids
Can), a picture book that
helps children tackle
hard-to-grasp concepts such as the size of
the galaxy or the span of human history.
The most-read review on
week was Born with Teeth
(Little, Brown), a memoir by
Orange Is the New Black and
Star Trek: Voyager actor Kate
The top ;ve resource books on self-publishing.
Global Rights Report
Previewing the New Delhi World Book Fair.
To Kill a Mockingbird Print Unit Sales
Correction: On p. 3 of the Feb. 9
issue, we reported incorrect total
print unit sales for The Long Haul by
Jeff Kinney. The correct figure, as of
last week, is 1,677,280 print units,
according to Nielsen BookScan.