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Major Fiction Deals Rebound In Otherwise Modest Pre-Fair Activity

In line with our early assessment of dealmaking heading into this year's London Book Fair, now officially underway, even with a busy few days of final reports this year's activity stands at moderate. The biggest (or "major") deals came in just ahead of last year and still well below the…

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Moderate Dealmaking Ahead of the London Book Fair

It's an unusual dealmaking climate leading into this year's London Book Fair, which officially begins next Tuesday, for a variety of reasons. Shifting the gathering back a month to mid-March for the first time in years has various effects. The submissions process appears to have made a late adjustment to the…

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Sargent: Even As eBooks Shrink, Data Will Drive Better Publishing, with Big Change for Education

Macmillan ceo John Sargent told you all you need to know about the state of digital publishing and the evolution of the Digital Book World conference when he opened the show in New York on Tuesday by answering pre-submitted audience questions. "Why isn't he speaking about digital?" Sargent said at…

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Book Expo Will Limit Attendees, Revert to Two Days of Exhibits

In a promotional piece from PW, Book Expo now confirms what they would not make official for us a week ago (though it was between the lines if you read carefully): With convention attendance dwindling steadily over the past five years and then dropping precipitously for the 2016 Chicago event, the new…

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BEA Chicago Attendance Was Down By Over A Third

Back in May we all knew that the Book Expo show in Chicago was smaller and quieter than recent conventions in New York, though at the time conference did not release attendance estimates. Rather, representatives said their expectation -- and then their post-show rough estimate -- was about the same level of…

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To BE Is Not to BEA: Show Changes Name to Book Expo

Budweiser changed their name to America for part of this year, but the big US trade book show is going the other way, telling booksellers that "Book Expo America" has officially changed its name to Book Expo (or, rather, BookExpo). A refreshed web site shows off the new Book Expo…

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Past the Hype, Data Shows Modest Dealmaking As Dollars Move Away From Big Fiction

With the Frankfurt Book Fair underway, our annual analysis of actual dealmaking data stands in contrast to the standing fair daily stories hailing a few big deals made a few weeks ago. Our data shows overall dealmaking just below last year's soft season, comprising the fewest pre-Frankfurt deals since 2012. (And…

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People, Etc.

Doug Jones has been promoted to the new position of svp, deputy publisher of the Harper group, reporting to Jonathan Burnham. In addition, he will serve as publisher of Harper Perennial and Harper Paperbacks. All marketing and publicity for the Harper imprints and lines will report to Jones, who has been svp, sales for…

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Moving On

Earlier this week, FW Media announced that Ted Hill will oversee programming for a rebooted, more finely- and skills-focused DBW, as our conference partner Mike Shatzkin noted in a long blog post on the end of the "big change" era in publishing that he will no longer program the event.…

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People, Etc.

Julie Will has been promoted to editorial director at Harper Wave. Allison Hunter will join Janklow & Nesbit as an agent on July 11. Previously she was an agent at the Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency. Erin Simpson has been promoted to senior agent at the Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau. Patti Hughes,…

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