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Briefs: Pocket Constitution Sales Rise After Khan Speech; A Local Line for S&S India; and More

Khizr Khan's speech at the Democratic National Convention has boosted distribution of the US Constitution. A $1 Pocket Constitution published by The National Center for Constitutional Studies -- similar to the one Khan displayed during his speech, but not the same edition -- moved 45,000 copies on Amazon between Saturday morning and…

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Oprah Picks Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad

Oprah's latest Book Club pick, her first in approximately 18 months, is Colson Whitehead's new novel The Underground Railroad. Originally scheduled for release on September 13, Doubleday has pushed up publication and the book, emblazoned with the Oprah Book Club logo, is on sale today. (The most recent Oprah pick was Cynthia…

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Briefs: Johnson's Book on Shakespeare Delayed or Cancelled, and More

Newly appointed UK foreign secretary and Brexit campaign leader Boris Johnson's forthcoming book on Shakespeare, scheduled for release on November 15 from Hodder & Stoughton and Riverhead, will not be published this year, and may not be published at all according to the Daily Mail. They report Johnson "is believed…

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Penguin Random House Sells Fodor's to Internet Brands

Penguin Random House will sell Fodor's Travel to Internet Brands, a Los Angeles-based online media and technology company that owns FlyerTalk.com and Wikitravel.org. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, and deal is expected to close shortly. Fodor's will become part of Internet Brands' consumer Home/Travel group, though PRH, which…

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On the Watchlist: Federal Overtime Changes Would Affect Publishing

The Department of Labor has issued new rules regarding overtime pay that, if implemented, would significantly lift the minimum salary level at which white collar and creative employees are exempt from overtime pay requirements -- going from the current $23,660 per year up to a new level of $47,476 per…

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Briefs

Children's book author Beverly Cleary appeared on the Today Show, in advance of her 100th birthday, on April 12. The WSJ has short profiles of "six of the world's most esteemed translators" (by "world" they mean the world of translating other languages into English): Don Bartlett, Jamey Gambrell, Ann Goldstein,…

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HarperCollins Will Lower TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Trade Paperback Price For Schools

HarperCollins announced Tuesday afternoon that it will offer the trade paperback edition of Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird at a lower price through its accounts that sell directly to K-12 schools in the US. The price promotion, which starts April 27, will reduce the $14.99 list price so that schools…

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Scholastic Responds to Criticism on Book Recall; CEO Determined It Didn't Meet Their Standards

Scholastic issued another press release on Monday regarding the withdrawn picture book A Birthday Cake for George Washington, responding to criticism from PEN America and the National Coalition Against Censorship calling the move "a shocking and unprecedented case of self-censorship." Scholastic insists it was not self-censoring, and removed the book…

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Scholastic Pulls Picture Book After Slavery Depiction Backlash

Scholastic announced that it has withdrawn publication of the picture book A Birthday Cake for George Washington by Ramin Ganeshram and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, which was published on January 5. The book had been criticized sharply for its upbeat depiction of slaves, with School Library Journal calling it "highly problematic" while…

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Seasons Executive Greetings

In keeping with tradition, publishing ceos are thanking employees and celebrating the year's accomplishments through year-end letters. Simon & Schuster ceo Carolyn Reidy writes that, "despite today's challenging retail environment, with two weeks remaining in December we are well positioned to surpass last year's financial performance, a tribute to the passion…

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