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The Wall Street Journal Begins Tracking E-Book Bestsellers

BY Whitney Sullivan, NOVEMBER 02, 2011 | PERMALINK

As of this week, the Wall Street Journal is now including the top ten fiction and non-fiction e-books on their weekly bestseller lists. By including e-books, the WSJ joins the New York Times and USA Today, which were already covering bestselling e-books. However, unlike these other two publications, the WSJ uses Nielsen BookScan for their information about what is hot in the e-format.

The WSJ’s addition to expanded list of selling stats premiered last Saturday, with the e-bestsellers for the week that ended on October 23. In a statement about this addition, Nielsen BookScan stated that they will be mining data from “all major e-book retailers” and the lists are set to include any books topping that list that sell for ninety-nine cents or higher. That is to say, Nielsen will now be collecting data about e-book sales from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple and Google. 


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Tags: Publishing Industry News, E-Book
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HarperCollins To Buy Inspirational Publisher Thomas Nelson

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, NOVEMBER 01, 2011 | PERMALINK

HarperCollins will soon purchase the inspirational publisher Thomas Nelson. HarperCollins already owns the lucrative faith-based publishing line Zondervan. And now plans are in motion for to buy Zondervan’s market rival, Thomas Nelson.

As we begin our month long celebration of the Inspirational genre, we were surprised to hear that the two largest inspirational publishing houses will soon be united under a single parent company. Thomas Nelson is one of the leading inspirational publishers in the world, and is renowned for their selection of inspirational fiction by genre heavy-hitters Ted Dekker, Colleen Coble and Beth Wiseman. Additionally, Thomas Nelson has steady sales in non-fiction as well. The company is known for their inspirational business books, gift books and Bibles. 

HarperCollins acquired Thomas Nelson’s rival, Zondervan, back in the 1980s, and has grown the line to be one of the largest faith-based publishers in the nation. When discussing the coming purchase of Thomas Nelson, HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray said it was the other company’s lineup of authors and content that made it such a good acquisition. Murray said, “Thomas Nelson adds further balance to our existing publishing programs.” 


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Tags: Publishing Industry News, Inspirational
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Amazon To Publish Mystery Novels

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 24, 2011 | PERMALINK

Following the announcement that Amazon will be publishing romance novels, the online retailer has revealed that it will also be entering into the mystery and thriller genres with its own publishing imprint. 

Named Thomas & Mercer after the streets around Amazon’s headquarters, the newest imprint will release four titles this fall including D.M. Annechino’s Resuscitation, J.A. Konrath and Blake Crouch’s Stirred, Kyle Mills' The Immortals and John Rector's Already Gone. These books will be available in Kindle e-book editions, audio and print. 

Thomas & Mercer is Amazon's fifth publishing imprint. Others include AmazonEncore which features emerging and new writers, AmazonCrossing which publishes translations of foreign language works and the aforementioned Montlake Romance. So what's next for Amazon? We predict a science fiction imprint, so stay tuned...


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Tags: Publishing Industry News, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
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Amazon Will Publish Romance Novels In Both Print and E-book Versions

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 05, 2011 | PERMALINK

Amazon, the leading online retailer, announced yesterday that they are launching a book imprint that will publish romance novels. Named Montlake Romance after a Seattle neighborhood, the imprint will release original, previously unpublished titles from popular romance authors in many different subgenres including romantic suspense, fantasy and paranormal stories as well as in general contemporary and historical romances.

Currently it is unknown how many titles Montlake Romance will be releasing, however, Amazon did reveal that award winning author Connie Brockway will launch the imprint with her novel The Other Guy's Bride this fall. Amazon will make Brockway's story available in Kindle, print and audio formats. 

So why the decision to move into publishing romance? Amazon's Vice President of Publishing Jeff Belle says, "romance is one of our biggest and fastest growing categories, particularly among Kindle customers." But don't expect Amazon to stop with just romance. Belle also adds that there will be more fiction publishing deals in the future. "[We] know our customers enjoy genre fiction of all kinds, so we are busy building publishing businesses that will focus on additional genres as well."


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Tags: Publishing Industry News, Romance
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