Publisher News

27 Feb

Green Press Initiative Sets Goals to Improve Book Industry's Ecological Footprint

Many bookstores have gone green both in their title selection and store practices, but what about the environmental impact of the books themselves? Paper shipments to U.S. publishers each year are estimated to average 1.6 million tons, equaling about 30 million trees.

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29 Jan

Wi3 Rep Picks: The Titles They Were Talking About

Last week's Winter Institute included four Rep Picks sessions, which were repeated three times over the course of the two days. At each, representatives from six of Wi3's 24 Publisher Partners presented titles that independent booksellers can look forward to selling this spring. Here's a look at the lists of titles as provided by the publishers prior to the event. (The list is also available as a downloadable PDF.)

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13 Dec

Wi3 Provides Three Opportunities to Get the Scoop on Upcoming Titles

Booksellers attending next month's Winter Institute (Wi3) will have the opportunity to hear presentations about some of the best from publisher partners' upcoming lists at three Rep Picks sessions.

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06 Dec

Main Street Gives Back

Close to 140 independent bookstores across the country are hosting Main Street Gift-Wrap parties this month, thanks to the generosity of Scholastic, Inc., the publisher of Ann M. Martin's Main Street series. Scholastic partnered with the American Booksellers Association to offer member bookstores 25 books, wrapping materials, and announcement posters for holiday book donation events to benefit charities of the bookseller's choice.

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29 Nov

Getting the Lead Out: Consumers Question Books Made in China

It was probably inevitable. Over the past several months, there have been ongoing reports about recalls of Chinese-made products due to excess levels of lead. In August, Mattel recalled over 10 million Chinese-made toys due to lead paint as well as tiny magnets that could be swallowed by children, as reported by the Associated Press. In October, Antioch Publishing announced the recall of seven non-book products, mostly bookmarks, due to excess lead levels.

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25 Oct

Knock Knock -- Who's There: A New Book Sense Publisher Partner

Knock Knock, a five-year-old gift and stationery company, has created its own genre of witty, whimsical, and fun products. Founded and headed by Jen Bilik, Knock Knock, a division of Who's There, has earned kudos and an enthusiastic base of retailers who are charmed by the contemporary wit in vintage design. Launched in 2002, with 13 products, Knock Knock now offers several hundred items, including a new line of books.

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11 Oct

Former BookWorld Clients Migrate to AtlasBooks

When the Sarasota, Florida, distributor BookWorld abruptly shut its doors on September 28, it left 104 small publishers looking for distribution arrangements. Now, many of those publishers are migrating over to AtlasBooks, according to David Wurster, AtlasBooks COO and co-owner of BookMasters, both based in Ashland, Ohio.

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10 Oct

Wi3 Welcomes Children's Publisher-Sponsors

The American Booksellers Association has welcomed Hyperion Books for Children/Disney Press as its final Publisher Partner for the Third Annual Winter Institute (Wi3), to be held in Louisville, Kentucky, from January 24 - 27, 2008.

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09 Oct

Holtzbrinck Becomes Macmillan

This week, Holtzbrinck Publishers announced that it was changing its name in the U.S. to Macmillan, the name of the English and Spanish language publishing operations of the Verlagsgruppe Goerg von Holtzbrinck in more than 70 countries. The publisher said the name change was made to signify a unified worldwide presence.

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03 Oct

Welcome to Zagat Survey, A New Publisher Partner

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25 Sep

Notes From the Sidelines: Bracelets, Banks, Albums & More

Whatever a bookseller calls merchandise other than books -- sidelines, gifts, or non-book items -- the effects are still the same: The addition of non-book merchandise to the inventory mix can add significantly to a bookstore's bottom line.

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18 Sep

'Main Street' Gift-Wrap Party Deadline October 1

The opportunity for American Booksellers Association member bookstores to host a community-based book-donation event this holiday season, courtesy of a partnership between Scholastic, Inc. and ABA, will soon end. In celebration of Ann M. Martin's Main Street series, Scholastic is donating 25 books, along with wrapping materials and announcement posters, for a Main Street Gift-Wrap Party to bookstores that sign up by Monday, October 1.

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02 Jul

Special "Independent" Promo Clip for Harry Potter Audio

Jim Dale, the narrator of the Harry Potter series for Listening Library, has recorded a special message for independent booksellers to use in conjunction with their Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows audiobook promotions.

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16 May

Time Out to Guide Booksellers Around NYC

Hotel ABA guests will find their way around the Big Apple a little easier thanks to the Time Out Shortlist New York 2007. The guide to "What's New/What's On/What's Next" in New York will be distributed free to 500 booksellers at Hotel ABA courtesy of the publisher.

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10 May

Changes in the Works at Perseus Books Group

Perseus Books Group plans to restructure and streamline its divisions, according to Publishers Weekly and an internal letter from Perseus president David Steinberger obtained by PW. The changes follow the Perseus acquisition of Consortium and Avalon, and its victory in the Publishers Group West bankruptcy case.

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