‘Mockingbird’s’ Trip from Popular Library
To Grand Central
The anticipation of the publication of Go Set a
Watchman has led to increased interest in Harper Lee’s
other book, To Kill a Mockingbird. One of the strongest
backlist titles ever published, sales of HarperCollins’s
two trade paperback editions still jumped 226% in
the period Feb. 2–July 5, 2015, compared to the
similar period in 2014, at outlets that report to
Nielsen BookScan. Meanwhile, sales of Grand Central
Publishing’s mass market paperback rose 60%,
selling 209,231 copies in the same period, while HC’s
trade editions sold a total of 112,523 copies.
The mass market paperback of Mockingbird has
been published continuously since it was first
released in 1962. How Grand Central became the
publisher of the mass market
edition is a reflection of the
consolidation that has
taken place in the book
Mockingbird was first
released in hardcover
For its part, Lippincott was acquired by Harper & Row in 1978. H&R was eventually merged with the
U.K. house William Collins in 1990 by Rupert Murdoch, who had acquired H&R in 1987 and Collins in
1990. HarperCollins will publish Lee’s Go Set a Watchman on July 14.
J.B. Lippincott, one of the country’s largest
independent publishers, publishes
Mockingbird in hardcover.
CBS sells Fawcett to Ballantine Books and sells
Popular Library to Warner Communications,
where it becomes part of Warner Books.
Lippincott licenses mass market paperback
rights to Popular Library, which releases its
edition two years after the hardcover.
Warner Communications and Time Inc. merge and
create the Time Warner Book Group.
Fawcett Publications, looking to expand
its book publishing arm as a complement
to its magazine division, acquires Popular
Lagardère, French parent company of Hachette
Livre, buys the Time Warner Book Group and
renames the publisher Hachette Book Group USA.
CBS buys Fawcett Publications and adds it to
its magazine and books division.
Warner Books is renamed Grand Central
Publishing, since Lagardère’s purchase did not
include rights to the Warner name.