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Costco Plans to Sell Books Only From September to December (2024-06-08): Costco plans to make books a season item and will only stock them from September through December.

NBF Expands National Book Awards Eligibility Criteria (2024-02-16): The Naitonal Book Foundation has expanded the National Book Awards eligibility criteria to include authors who reside in the U.S but do not hold US citizenship.

Oprah Named 2022 PEN/Faulkner Literary Champion (2022-03-30): Oprah Winfrey has been named the Literary Champion of 2022 by PEN/Faulkner. They say she is a literary force field.

The Selfies 2021 Winners Announced (2021-08-02): The winners of the 2021 Selfies have been announced. The annual awards are for self-published books.

New York Publishers Not Rushing Workers Back to the Office (2020-06-08): New York City has started phase 1 of its reopening plan but Manhattan publishers are not in a hurry to get employees back to the office.

London Book Fair Canceled Over Coronavirus (2020-03-05): The 2020 London Book Fair has been canceled because of the coronavirus which has been spreading around the world.

Tom Doherty Announces Nightfire Horror Imprint (2019-04-29): Tom Doherty has announced a new horror imprint called Nightfire. The first publication is planned for early 2021.

Wattpad Launches Book Publishing Division (2019-03-20): Wattpad has evolved from its early days as a fanfiction community. It has now launched its own book publishing division.

Authors Guild Survey Reveals Declining Earnings for Writers (2019-01-07): A book author income survey from The Authors Guild found a steep decline in earnings for authors over the past decade.

Michael Wolff Makes Forbes 2018 List of World's Highest Paid Authors (2018-12-16): James Patterson, J.K. Rowling and Stephen King are the top earning authors in the world 2018 according to Forbes. Michael Wolff is also on this year's list.

Amazon Launches Amazon Charts Most Read and Most Sold Lists (2017-05-29): Amazon has announced its Amazon Charts bestselling books list. It includes fiction and nonfiction books.

Literary Agents Put Out an Open Call for Submissions From Muslim Writers (2017-02-01): A group of 60 literary agents has put out a call for submissions from Muslim writers. The call spans all genres.

New York Times Dumps Comics and Mass Market Paperback Bestseller Lists (2017-01-31): Publishers and authors were shocked to learn that the New York Times is dropping a number of its bestseller lists, including comics and mass market paperbacks.

Milo Yiannopoulos Inks $250,000 Book Deal With Simon & Schuster (2016-12-29): Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos just landed a $250,000 book deal with Simon & Schuster. He says being banned from Twitter helped him land the gig.

James Patterson Donates $250,000 to Independent Booksellers (2016-12-15): James Patterson announced the names of the 149 independent booksellers who will receive holiday bonuses this year. He is giving out $250,000 total to employees who sell books.

Oprah Winfrey's New Book Imprint Will Publish The Black Angels: The Untold Story of the Nurses Who Helped Cure Tuberculosis (2016-12-15): Oprah Winfrey's new book imprint, An Oprah Book, will publish The Black Angels: The Untold Story of the Nurses Who Helped Cure Tuberculosis in 2018

Author Emma Straub is Opening a Bookstore in Brooklyn (2016-12-07): New York Times bestselling author Emma Straub and her husband Michael Fusco-Straub are opening an independent bookstore in Brooklyn.

Should Authors Read Their Own Audiobooks? (2016-07-13): Most audiobooks are read by professional actors. But a few authors do read their own books -- after they pass an audition.

The Algorithm That Predicts Whether a Novel Will Be a Bestseller (2016-07-11): Jodie Archer and Matt Jockers have created an algorithm to determine if a novel will be a bestseller. They claim a successful prediction rate of 80%.

Scholastic Signs Major Licensing Deal With American Girl (2016-07-11): Get ready for a massive rollout of American doll books. American Girl has teamed up with Scholastic to massively expand the book series about the iconic dolls.