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Simon & Schuster has reorganized its manufacturing and production department in a bid to "further integrate the design and creation of ebooks into the earliest stages of our overall production process, as well as forge closer ties between our Adult publishing groups and the design, copyediting and production teams that…

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New Wimpy Kid Starts with Over A Million Units

Abrams announced that Jeff Kinney's Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, the eighth book in his bestselling series, sold over 1.3 million copies around the world in its first week on sale. Abrams ceo Michael Jacobs says in the announcement that sales "have exceeded all our expectations. We're thrilled…

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New Dan Brown Opens with A Million Units In the US

Doubleday reports to us that Dan Brown's INFERNO sold 1 million units in the US and Canada in its first five days on sale, through Saturday, in print and ebook sales combined. The company did not break out the distribution between formats, but the Nielsen Bookscan count would indicate that…

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Ferriss Falls Short of Sales Goal So Far, Behind Garten (and Others)

Despite his well-covered persecution publicity pitch, it looks as if Tim Ferriss will come up short of his proclaimed goal for THE FOUR-HOUR CHEF of "hit[ting] #1 on BookScan to send a message to the incumbent world of publishing, to those who want everything to remain in the 1900's." For…

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Rowling Print Sales Are Similar In the US and UK

In its first week on sale, JK Rowling's highly-anticipated THE CASUAL VACANCY sold approximately 157,000 printed copies in the US in the sales outlets tracked by Nielsen Bookscan. In the UK, where Nielsen Bookscan tracks nearly the entire print sales landscape, they counted sales of roughly 125,000 copies in the…

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Publisher Puts Rowling Opening Sales At 375k

In a brief statement Wednesday, Little, Brown publisher Michael Pietsch said, "The Casual Vacancy has exceeded our expectations in its first six days in stores, selling 375,000 copies in all formats. We believe it is on track to become the year's bestselling novel in hardcover." Nielsen Bookscan tracked sales of…

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Sales After Oprah Endorsement Are Good, But Are They Wild?

The launch of Oprah's Book Club 2.0 on May 30 with the selection of Cheryl Strayed's WILD--and national media attention for Oprah's return to book recommendations--has boosted the book's profile and sales for certain. But will the cable + online Oprah profile come anywhere close to the impact of her…

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Paolini Sales Nearly 500k; Isaacson Sells A Lot

Random House Children's reports another very strong opening day for Christopher Paolini, with INHERITANCE selling 489,500 units yesterday (including print, ebook and audio editions), it's first day on sale. The publisher says "hardcovers dominated the opening-day sell-through, with an 83/17 percent print to digital split." Paolini's BRISINGR sold approximately 550,000…

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Briefs: Opening Week Sales for STEVE JOBS; The Numbers on Amazon Publishing; and More

Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs sold more than 382,000 print copies in its first week on sale in the US, with an additional 37,244 copies sold in the UK, according to Bookscan numbers obtained by the Bookseller. The numbers make STEVE JOBS the 18th bestselling book of the year…

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Julian Assange WikiLeaks Canongate

It will come as no great surprise that Julian Assange has released correspondence with Canongate and purported transcripts of apparently-taped phone calls with Canongate publisher Jamie Byng. Though Canongate published the unauthorized draft in part due to admitted "financial imperative," according to an email from Assange's agent Caroline Michel, by…

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