Following news that the U.S. Department of Justice is due to release a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report to Congress on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election this Thursday, publishers are preparing to race to the presses to get their versions of the book on the shelves.
"Our plans has been to ship to stores in about 7 days from release. That’s still the plan," Skyhorse Publishing v-p Bill Wolfsthal said of his house's edition, which will include an introduction by attorney Alan Dershowitz. "We’ll begin shipping to stores on Thursday, April 25. Based on new orders and increased orders that have come in during the week, we’ve raised our first printing to 200,000."
Brian Belfiglio, v-p and director of publicity at Scribner, said that "Scribner expects to publish an e-book of the Mueller Report (presented with related materials and analysis by the Washington Post) on Friday, April 19, with the trade paperback edition coming off the press on April 26 or earlier." The first printing, he added, will be between 350,000-400,000 copies.
Dennis Johnson of Melville House Books, whose mass-market paperback edition will have a first print run of 50,000 copies, told PW on Monday: "Good Lord willing and the creek don't rise, we'll be shipping to bookstores in no more than ten days."
A free audio edition of the book is also expected from Audible "shortly after the document is made available by an official or sanctioned entity."
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the Melville House edition of the Mueller Report was a trade paperback. It is a mass market edition.