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Sourcebooks, Ebony Ink Deal for Adult Books

Sourcebooks has inked a deal with Ebony Magazine Publishing to create a list of Ebony-branded adult books. Sourcebooks said four to eight books a year will be released under the partnership, which will feature a mix of fiction and nonfiction titles. The first books books in the list will be released this fall.“This collaboration will celebrate the broad spectrum of Black voices through powerful fiction and nonfiction stories with authors
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David Ferriero to Retire from National Archives

The 10th Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero this week announced that he will retire from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), effective in mid-April, 2022. A highly respected and celebrated library leader, Ferriero was appointed by President Barack Obama and has served as Archivist since November 6, 2009, presiding over one of the most consequential periods in the institution's history.In his 12 years leading NARA, Ferriero
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A Murky Crystal Ball for Booksellers

Independent booksellers across the U.S. reported having strong sales in 2021, especially in the final months of the year, when nearly every store opted to return to in-store shopping for the holiday season. The well-publicized supply chain issues affected fewer titles than expected.A number of book categories that had driven sales in 2020—notably, politics—fell off in popularity last year, booksellers said, while self-help and personal growth continued to gain momentum,
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ALA Announces ‘I Love My Librarian’ Award Winners

The American Library Association (ALA) this week announced the 10 winners of the 2022 I Love My Librarian Award. The annual honor recognizes exceptional librarians from libraries of all types (academic, public, school) who were nominated by the patrons they serve for making an impact in the community. ALA officials said they received more than 1,300 nominations from library users for this year’s award, with hundreds of nominations focused on
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Print Book Sales Get a Bad Start in 2022

Unit sales of print books got off to tough start in 2022, falling 13.9% last week compared to the first week in 2021 at outlets that report to NPD BookScan.The only two categories that had increases in the week ended January 8, 2022, were adult fiction, up 4.5%, and young adult fiction, which had a 4.2% sales increase. Sales had a fast start last year, jumping 23% over the first
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December Religion Bestsellers: Fox News Hosts Takeover; Mitch Albom Tops in Fiction

Two books published by HarperCollins through its partnership with Fox News Books appear on PW’s Religion Nonfiction Bestsellers list for December. Fox News personalities Rachel Campos-Duffy and Sean Duffy are in the #2 spot with a collection of Christmas traditions from across the U.S. in All American Christmas, which features 16 pages of photography, holiday recipes, and stories from other Fox personalities such as Steve Doocy and Dana Perino. The
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Abuse Survivor Weighs ‘How Much Is a Little Boy Worth?’

Attorney, former gymnast, and abuse survivor Rachael Denhollander wants to remind boys of their immeasurable worth in a new picture book, How Much Is a Little Boy Worth? (Tyndale, Feb. 8). Denhollander became a leading evangelical voice against sexual abuse after her eyewitness testimony helped lead to the conviction of former USA Gymnastics doctor and serial abuser Larry Nassar in 2018.She wrote about her experiences, including why she decided to
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Inspired Publishing: Close-up on Christy Ottaviano Books

After an already storied career in publishing at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Christy Ottaviano is launching a new eponymous imprint with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. The breadth of Ottaviano’s interests—and her continued commitment to publishing pertinent, imaginative, and previously untold stories across age-ranges, formats, and genres—are apparent in the launch list of five titles. They include a YA novel about a first-generation college experience; a novel-in-verse based on
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EDC Sales, Earnings Fall

Financial results at Educational Development Corp. continue to suffer from comparisons to the record highs they hit last year when customers flocked to buy the company’s children’s books and the ranks of EDC’s home-based party sales reps soared. With children back in school, sales for the third quarter fell 32.5% in the period ended November 30, 2021, from the comparable period a year ago, dropping to $45.1 million. Net income
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OverDrive Reports More than Half a Billion Digital Library Loans in 2021

OverDrive, the leading digital service provider in the digital library market, has reported another strong year of growth in digital library lending, although the rate of growth slowed from 2020.In a January 5 release, OverDrive reported some 506 million digital lends (e-book, audiobook, and digital magazine) in 2021, a 16% increase over 2020. The data comes from more than 76,000 libraries and schools in 94 countries worldwide using OverDrive apps