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Boffo Backlist Buying Buoys Book Biz
Backbone of the business, indeed: another week of good print book sales, another week of sales driven by the mighty backlist. Over at Penguin Random House, thar she blows—but please, not loud enough to cause the microphone to pop from all the plosives—as a new voiceover casting program, Ahab, gets its worldwide debut. At John Wiley, revenue saw a 3% rise in Q3. The New York Times has aptly summed up the past few days of Dr. Seuss discourse. And at the Paris Review, the Times also reports, editor Emily Nemens has ended her three-year tenure a week after online editor Nadja Spiegelman's imminent departure from the publication was announced.
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paywall-icon2-64x64.png Backlist Drives Unit Gains Higher Through February
Driven by strong backlist sales, unit sales of print books rose 26% last week over the week ended February 29, 2020, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. It was the largest week-over-week gain compared to 2020 so far this year, helping unit sales finish the first two months of 2021 with a 21.2% increase over the first two months of 2020. more »
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PRH Audio Debuts Voiceover Casting Platform, Ahab
Penguin Random House Audio has launched Ahab, a global online casting platform for voiceover actors in any business that was originally developed as an internal tool for PRH's audiobook producers. more »
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'The Committed' by Viet
Thanh Nguyen

The long-awaited sequel to the Pulitzer Prize-winning 'The Sympathizer,' 'The Committed' tells the story of “the man of two minds” as he comes as a refugee to Paris and turns his hand to capitalism. Powered by a singular narrative voice that “shakes the walls of the old literary comfort zone” ('New Yorker'), 'The Committed' is on sale now from Grove Press.(Sponsored) more »

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paywall-icon2-64x64.png Wiley Revenue Rose 3% in Q3
John Wiley's financial performance in the third quarter ended January 31, 2021, was strong enough for the company to raise sales and earnings estimates for the fiscal year ending April 30. more »
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paywall-icon2-64x64.png In Mexico, Print Sales Slumped but Online Sales Soared in 2020
Audiobooks, e-books, and e-commerce all got a boost in Mexico last year. more »
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Kristen Radtke Writes, and Draws, Our Loneliness
In her new graphic nonfiction book, 'Seek You,' Radtke takes a multifaceted look at how alone we are. more »
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paywall-icon2-64x64.png Apple Books Bestsellers: 'Four Winds' Blows Hannah Back to Top of the List
Kristin Hannah's 'The Four Winds' has returned to the top of the Apple Books store's bestseller list, with her 'Firefly Lane' also charting, at #6. more »

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Job Moves
  • Lauren Cepero has been promoted to senior publicist at Page Street Publishing.
  • Octavia Saenz has joined mineditionUS as assistant editor.
  • Susan Dobinick, formerly senior editor at Bloomsbury Children's Books, has joined Boyds Mills & Kane as senior editor.
  • Diane Mangan, formerly at Follett, has joined Andrews McMeel as children's marketing director.
  • Kristen Minter has been promoted to director of digital publishing at Andrews McMeel.
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Trade Paperback Bestseller List
'Burn After Writing (Pink)' by Sharon Jones is the #1 title on PW's trade paperback bestseller list. See the full list »
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Review of the Day: 'The Siren' by Katherine St. John
"St. John delivers on the promise of her 2020 debut, 'The Lion’s Den,' with this superb tale of revenge and unbridled ego." more »

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Picture of the Day

This past weekend, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce sponsored a jigsaw puzzle exchange for Chicago residents outside Women & Children First Bookstore.

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