Bestseller Stat Shot
Netflix’s adaptation of Piper Kerman’s Orange Is the New Black (Random/Spiegel & Grau) has done wonders for sales. The memoir, about accomplished preppy Kerman’s 15-month stint in federal prison on charges related to drug trafficking, cleared as few as 34 print copies in a week back in June. But since the show’s debut on July 11, things have taken off: last week it sold 5,494 copies—more than double the week prior’s 2,723. Readers will also appreciate the many books that appear on the show: one episode prominently features Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, while a bookshelf in Piper’s home kitchen is stocked with popular cookbooks like Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty. There’s even a Tumblr dedicated to cataloging the show’s literary references: booksofoitnb.tumblr.com.
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Michael J. Martinez joins hosts Rose Fox and Mark Rotella to talk about his new book, The Daedalus Incident, and its unique path to publication (its release was delayed while Night Shade Books changed hands, and it is the first novel to be published by Night Shade as an imprint of Skyhorse). Also, PW reviews editor Alex Crowley talks about books about sex. Next week, we’re joined by Rose George, author of Ninety Percent of Everything (Metropolitan).
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Beyond Her Book
Barbara Vey shares some of the books she’s been enjoying this summer.
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The More to Come crew discusses comics writer Mark Waid’s Thrillbent, a digital-first publishing venture that just opened a storefront for DRM-free editions of serialized comics, as well as cartoonist Keith Knight and his launch of digital subscriptions to his Round Table comics.
Is the Department of Justice rewriting the publishers’ e-book price-fixing settlements with its proposed punishment for Apple—or is it unveiling its own “aikido move” (to borrow a phrase from Steve Jobs)? PW senior writer Andrew Albanese talks Apple with the Copyright Clearance Center’s Chris Kenneally.
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Steven White talks about closing out his Alan Gregory psychological thriller series after 20 books.
Kitty Kelly revisits the August 1963 March on Washington in Let Freedom Ring (Thomas Dunne), which collects never-before-seen images by iconic Camelot-era photographer Stanley Tretick.
Rob Sheffield digs deep into karaoke culture in Turn Around Bright Eyes (It Books). Check out our video interview with Sheffield to hear about his own adventures behind the mike.