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Hachette Claims Amazon Is Delaying Shipments on Orders

amazon304Hachette has claimed that Amazon is slowing delivery on some of its bestselling titles as part of a negotiation tactic, as the two work out the latest terms of their partnership.

Everybody’s Got Something by Robin Roberts; American Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t by Stephen Colbert; The Closer by Mariano Rivera and Wayne Coffey are among bestselling print titles that estimate 2-5 week ship dates on Amazon. The same titles ship from Barnes and Noble within 24 hours.

The New York Times broke the story last week. Here is more from the story:

“We have been asked legitimate questions about why many of our books are at present marked out of stock with relatively long estimated shipping times on the Amazon website, in contrast to immediate availability on other websites and in stores,” said Sophie Cottrell, a Hachette spokeswoman. “We are satisfying all Amazon’s orders promptly.”

But, she added, “Amazon is holding minimal stock” and restocking some of Hachette’s books “slowly, causing ‘available 2-4 weeks’ messages.”

Hachette Book Group’s Digital Sales Up 33% in 2013

hachetteDigital sales were up 33 percent at Hachette Book Group in 2013. Digital sales now represent 30 percent of the company’s overall business.

Overall, the company saw a 6 percent increase in revenues in 2013, coming off of a difficult year in 2012. In 2013, the company broke its own bestsellers record with 206 print and 84 eBook titles on the New York Times bestseller list, including 52 No. 1 bestsellers.

HBG’s releases for the year included:  The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, aka J.K. Rowling; The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks; Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson and David Ellis;David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell; The Hit by David Baldacci; and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

The publisher also announced that Mauro DiPreta will join the company, serving as Vice President and Publisher of Hachette Books, a new publishing division that launches this year. The new imprint will be built on Hyperion’s backlist which HBG acquired in 2013. The division will also publish new titles.

Hachette Book Group Revenues Up 6% in 2013

hachetteHachette Book Group (HBG) reported today that its full year net revenues were up 6 percent in 2013. The company attributed the sales increase to high performing titles. During the year, the publisher broke its bestsellers record, as 206 print and 84 eBook titles made the New York Times bestseller list, including 52 No.1 bestsellers.

HBG’s releases for the year included:  The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, aka J.K. Rowling; The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks; Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson and David Ellis; David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell; The Hit by David Baldacci; and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

HBG reported that digital sales in the U.S., which includes eBook and audiobook sales, grew 33 percent in 2013. This category continues to grow, as it represented 33 percent of net sales in 2013, up from 26 percent in 2012.

Joe Mangan Named EVP/Chief Operating Officer of Hachette

joemanganJoe Mangan will join the Hachette Book Group (HBG) as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer on February 3.

Mangan comes to HBG from Perseus Books where he has spent the last decade at Chief Operating Officer.

“…he has built a remarkable record of success, focused on growth, IT opportunities, digital transformation, distribution, and efficiency,” stated  Michael Pietsch, CEO of HBG. “Joe’s reputation is one of the best in our industry, and his skills, trade publishing experience, and leadership style are a perfect match for HBG. With his deep expertise in IT and vision for our digital future, his wealth of experience building distribution businesses, and his insight into strategic business development, Joe will be a tremendous asset for us.” Read more

Hachette Book Group U.S. Sales Up 11% in Q3

hachetteLagardère Publishing’s net sales reached about $563 million in the third quarter, up 6.6 percent from last year. The Hachette Book Group’s US sales specifically were up 11 percent year-over-year.
The publisher had 191 print and 73 eBooks on the New York Times bestseller list so far this year, with 45 No. 1 bestsellers to date, up 45 percent over the same period last year. According to the company, sales have been driven by major third quarter releases including: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka  J.K. Rowling; The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks; Mistress by James Patterson and David Ellis; David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell; as well as Break Out! by Joel Osteen.
eBook sales were up during the quarter as well. Here is more from the press release:

In the US, ebooks represented 27% of HBG’s adult trade sales, up from 20% in the third quarter of 2012. At Hachette UK, digital sales rose to 30% of the company’s adult trade sales from 20% in the third quarter of 2012. For Lagardère Publishing, digital represented 9.4% of total net sales, compared to 6.4% in the third quarter of 2012.

Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl to Launch New Series Set in the ‘Beautiful Creatures’ Universe

Authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl will reunite as collaborators on a new young adult series.

The new Dangerous Creatures series stars Link and Ridley, two characters who were originally introduced in the Beautiful Creatures series.

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers will launch the series on December 17, 2013 with the publication of a digital novella titled Dangerous Dream. The project will bridge the two series.

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Drew Barrymore Inks Deal for Photography Book

Actress Drew Barrymore has signed a deal for her photography book, Find it in Everything. This collection features pictures of “heart-shaped objects found in everyday life.”

Little, Brown and Company has scheduled a release date for January 14, 2014. Executive editor Michael Sand acquired this project.

According to the press release, Barrymore has discovered and photographed hearts that appear “from a discarded straw wrapper to a hole in a T-shirt to a scallion in a bowl of miso soup.” In the near future, she plans to post an image from the book on her personal social media pages.

Hachette To Buy Disney’s Hyperion Adult Trade Imprint

Hachette Book Group has reached an agreement to acquire Disney’s Hyperion adult trade publishing imprint. The deal includes more than 1,000 books published by Disney’s imprint since 1991 and about 25 as-yet-unpublished books. Hyperion’s backlist includes over 250 bestsellers,

Hyperion’s list ranges from from Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven to Michael J. Fox‘s Always Looking Up to  Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy. Here’s more from the release:

Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW), the world’s largest publisher and licensor of children’s books, will retain all of its Disney and Disney-Hyperion branded children’s and young adult book titles, and will publish franchise-based titles from Disney/ABC Television Group upon completion of the transaction … HBG will take on Hyperion’s extensive backlist, rich in the areas of inspiration, pop culture, cooking, humor, business, sports, history, self-help, fiction, and more, books that continue to sell year after year in a variety of formats and editions.

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Score That Job: Hachette Book Group

Do you have the New York Times Best Seller list memorized? Do you have a passion for books and want to get into the publishing business?

In this episode of “Score That Job,” career expert, author and mediabistro editor Vicki Salemi sat down with Andrea Weinzimer of Hachette Book Group to get the inside dirt on what they’re looking for in a candidate.

Here a few tips — know the industry and know which authors they publish (hint: rhymes with James Patterson, Nicholas Sparks, David Sedaris…). Or just watch the video.

You can view our other MediabistroTV productions on our YouTube Channel.

Jason Rekulak Named Quirk Books Publisher

Jason Rekulak has been promoted to publisher of Quirk Books. In addition, Brett Cohen has been promoted to president at Quirk Books and David Borgenicht will take the role of Quirk Productions CEO.

Rekulak acquired and edited many of the house’s bestsellers including the mash-up title Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and the young adult novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

A number of other publishing organizations have also announced promotions this week…

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