Today we report both fourth quarter and full-year 2022 statistics for US deal reports. Dealmaking patterns were somewhat in line with sales in 2022, as most key domestic deal statistics ebbed from record levels in 2021 but still held at high levels relative to previous years. Things did soften after a strong first quarter, and then picked up a bit in the fourth quarter. In particular: – US deals finished down by only 1.5 percent, with just over 7,000 reported transactions — still 8.9 percent more transactions than we recorded in 2020, and well ahead of earlier years. – Adult Fiction rose […]
We are open for registration for our sixth virtual Buzz Books Editors Panel, convening on Wednesday, January 25th at 7 PM Eastern. Once again, we are honored to have the American Booksellers Association join us as co-presenter, with Publisher Lunch founder Michael Cader hosting. You can register here — and the first 50 booksellers who enroll will get a package of galleys for the featured titles. On January 17th, a week ahead of the panel, we’ll release the next packed edition of our popular digital sampler, Buzz Books 2023: Spring/Summer, with substantial excerpts from all of the Editors Panel books, along […]
Bertelsmann announced Friday morning that Markus Dohle will step down as CEO of Penguin Random House at the end of 2022, and will resign his seat on the Bertelsmann Executive Board, “at his own request and on the best of mutual terms.” President & COO of Penguin Random House US Nihar Malaviya will serve as “interim successor,” reporting to Bertelsmann CEO Thomas Rabe and joining Bertelsmann’s Group Management Committee (GMC). The moves follow the company’s lengthy effort to acquire Simon & Schuster that ended with the deal being blocked by the court. Dohle said in the announcement: “Following the antitrust […]
Publishers: If you haven’t submitted your title nominations for the forthcoming Buzz Books 2023: Spring/Summer sampler, you need to do so by Friday, October 14th. For more information, or if you missed your invitation, please contact Robin Dellabough, email@example.com. We’ll have a separate call/reminder for flagging your notable titles for our big seasonal previews, so stay tuned.
The Virginia State Court has dismissed a case petitioning to have Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe and Sarah Maas’ fantasy romance A Court of Mist and Fury declared “obscene for minors” under an obscure state statute. Retired Judge Pamela S. Baskervill was assigned the case after all local judges recused themselves. She called the statute “facially invalid” and “unconstitutional on its face in that it authorizes a prior restraint that violates the First Amendment and the Constitution of Virginia” and ordered it removed from the docket. Lawyers representing the authors and publishers, the ACLU, Barnes & Noble, and “a coalition […]
Barnes & Noble will open a new location on Long Island, in Riverhead, NY. Set to open in fall, the 10,862-square-foot store is located in a Route 58 shopping center.