'WSJ' Debuts Books Section
The Wall Street Journal is launching a stand-alone book review section in the next few weeks that will be inserted into a new Weekend Journal section. Robert Messenger, a founding editor of the New York Sun, will edit the section; books editor Erich Eichman will report to him.
Best Buy to Sell Kindle
Best Buy will begin selling Amazon's Kindle in its stores, giving consumers a place to handle the devices before purchasing. Best Buy plans to upgrade its e-reader displays and will be the only retailer able to put the Nook, Kindle, and Sony Readers on display side by side.
Wiley Has Good Start in Fiscal 2011
John Wiley & Sons reported total revenue in the first quarter ended July 31 rose 5%, to $408 million, and net income rose to $44 million from $26.9 million in the same quarter last year. Revenue gains were led by Wiley's professional/trade and higher education divisions, and improved profits were credited to increased digital sales, which have higher profit margins than print. Sales for all of fiscal 2011 are still expected to increase in mid-single digits.
Candlewick Teams with Toon Books
Candlewick Press is partnering with New Yorker art director Françoise Mouly's kids' comics line, Toon Books, to launch a Toon Books imprint beginning October 1. The first list will have 11 hardcover Toon Books backlist titles. The imprint will publish four to five new books each year.
CCC to Launch RightsDirect
The Copyright Clearance Center is launching RightsDirect, a European subsidiary that will give European rights holders a voluntary licensing system, as CCC does in the U.S. Kim Zwollo will serve as general manager, and Victoriano Colodrón will be executive director.
AAP Brief on Unauthorized Imports
The AAP filed a friend of the court brief urging the Supreme Court to uphold a Ninth Circuit ruling that held that the "first sale doctrine" does not
apply to the unauthorized importation into the U.S. of copyrighted works manufactured and acquired abroad. The ruling would affect the importation into the U.S. of foreign textbooks never intended for sale in the U.S.
‘Rumpus' Launches Book Line
The online literary magazine the Rumpus is publishing its first book, The Rumpus Women, Vol. 1, a collection of personal essays edited by Julie Greicius and Elissa Bassist. The launch title for its Paper Internets book imprint, the book will also be offered through its subscription service/online discussion venture, the Rumpus Book Club, in November.
Quercus, Sterling Partner
U.K. publisher Quercus Publishing has inked a three-year deal with Sterling Publishing to publish fiction in the U.S. and Canada via a new imprint called Silver Oak. The imprint will be owned 50/50 by Quercus and Sterling and will release titles in the U.S. that are already on Quercus's list. The imprint will launch in January 2011.
In last week's column the author of Sophie: The Incredibly True Adventures of a Dog Overboard, a book that Renee Sedliar at Da Capo bought, was incorrectly spelled. Emma Pearse is the author, not Emma Pearson.
Obituary: Thomas Guinzburg
Thomas Guinzburg, one of the founders of the Paris Review and the former president of Viking, the publishing house founded by his father, died September 8 at 84 from complications of heart bypass surgery. In 1953, Guinzburg, along with George Plimpton, Peter Matthiessen, William Styron, and Donald Hall, founded the Paris Review, and he served as its first managing editor. In 1954, he joined the staff of Viking in the publicity department and took over as president in 1961, when his father died. He sold the press to Pearson Longman, owners of Penguin, in 1975, and stayed on as president until 1978. He devoted much of the rest of his life to charity work.
The list of authors he nurtured includes such extraordinary names as Thomas Pynchon, Kingsley Amis, and Iris Murdoch. He also briefly employed Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis as an editor in the mid-1970s.
Stacy Creamer was misquoted in the September 6 story on the rebranding of Touchstone and its new logo. Creamer chose the new colophon because it expresses "the vibe we have here of genuine energy and enthusiasm...[;] our recent logo seemed at odds with Touchstone's new mission. We felt the new colophon was in the tradition of S&S's sower, but spoke to the passion we feel for our books."