Crown to Print 1.5M ‘Decision Points'
Crown Publishers has announced a 1.5 million first printing for former president George W. Bush's Decision Points, to be released November 9.
Crown will also publish a deluxe interactive e-book edition that will include a video, handwritten letters, full text speeches, and photos not in the print edition. The hardcover, audiobook (read by Bush), and e-book editions will sell for $35 each.
Llosa Wins 2010 Nobel Lit Prize
Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa won the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature. Macmillan division Picador publishes most of Vargas Llosa's books in the U.S., including Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, The Bad Girl, and The Way to Paradise. Picador is reprinting all 10 of its paperback titles.
Women Read More Thrillers Than Romance
A new Harris Poll of 2,775 U.S. adults reports that mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels are more popular than chick lit and romance novels and that more women than men read mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
New E-book Piracy Study
Digital content monitor Attributor released a survey claiming demand for pirated e-books has increased by 54% over the past year, including a 20% increase since the spring launch of the iPad. Attributor also announced plans to launch a consumer awareness program about piracy.
Counterpoint to Close N.Y. Office
Berkeley, Calif.-based Counterpoint Press will close its New York office at the end of October. The company said it will honor all existing contracts.
Perseus Expands Constellation
Starting December 1, the Perseus Books Group will expand its Constellation e-book distribution service internationally and allow foreign customers to buy copies of U.S. titles in e-book or print-on-demand formats in territories where a publisher has English-language rights. Perseus president David Steinberger projects demand for English-language books overseas will explode as the sales of e-reading devices grows internationally.
NBN, FastPencil Ink Deal
FastPencil, a print and e-book self-publishing platform, is teaming with National Book Network to distribute titles by "top tier" authors in FastPencil's Premiere imprint. NBN clients will have access to FastPencil's publishing tools.
Open Road Debuts 'E-riginals'
Open Road Integrated Media has announced its first list of four "E-riginals"—books that it will first publish as e-books and then as trade paperbacks—in addition to Negotiating with Evil by Mitchell Reiss, which was released in September.
In our September 27 Fiction Bestsellers column,
we misstated the copies-in-print number for Janet Evanovich's Wicked Appetite; the correct figure is 2.5 million.