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WTF: Swear Word Coloring Books Charge the Bestseller Lists

When Amazon's CreateSpace helped power the self-published The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep  to the top of the charts it was a sweet story, but self-published print success has taken on a different face this month, with a wave of "swear word" coloring books. One Swear Word Adult Coloring Book…

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Scholastic Names Trends in Children's Books for 2010

Drawing on their experience distributing books from all children's publishers through their school book clubs and book fairs, Scholastic's editors created a list of  ten trends from the year in children's books. President of Scholastic Book Clubs Judy Newman remarks in the release, "We've seen some exciting innovation in children's…

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Publish Film Sell?

The LAT claims that "a movie's release often leads to only a small uptick in a tie-in book's sales" while declaring the EAT, PRAY, LOVE tie-in "the big exception this year." The interesting part is that the book returned to the top of the bestseller lists in late May, well…

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The Last Decade in Books: The Biggest Thing that Didn't Happen

The annual season of round-ups and predictions covered not just the years past and ahead, but a full decade. We'll be sharing our own thoughts on the biggest trade developments of the past ten years but first we're leading the most significant thing that didn't change at all in the…

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Focus on Romance Sales

First US News & World Report put "bodice rippers" at No. 3 on their list of 10 Recession Winners and now the NYT has a more detailed piece on continuing resilience in the market for romance novels and other genre fiction. Parsing the numbers, though, is a little less clear…

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UK Author Prevails, But Sour World May Finish Misery Lit

A British jury found in favor of author Constance Briscoe and her publisher Hodder & Stoughton in the odd case in which her mother Carmen Briscoe-Mitchell claimed the book UGLY was "a piece of fiction." Briscoe said, "I can quite understand why my family went into collective denial but whilst…

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Obama Book Club Selects: Tom Daschle

He's the likely nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the latest Obama-backed author to crack the top 20 online, at No. 17 on Amazon's list morning. (In this case, Senator Obama had already recommended the book, with his endorsement featured on the cover.)

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Obama Book Club, Part Two

Doris Kearns Goodwin's TEAM OF RIVALS continues to benefit the most from the Obama boost, but today's papers focus on the president-elects additional interest in books about FDR. On 60 Minutes this Sunday--the most-watched episode of the program in "at least nine years" according to the Hollywood Reporter--Obama told Steve…

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Obama Boosts Goodwin Book

Barack Obama mentioned his respect for Doris Kearns Goodwin's book TEAM OF RIVALS: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln many times as a candidate, and now it looks as if the President-elect has promoted his first bestseller (by another author). With the title theme dominating media discussion of Obama's potential…

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What a Black President Will Mean for Fiction

"Thanks to the election of Barack Obama, a black president in Washington fiction will be no more exceptional than one in real life," Hillel Italie of the AP writes. Washington thriller write David Baldacci notes, "Before Obama, you wouldn't have gotten away with simply having a black president and having…

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