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Top Publishers of 2016

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A few weeks ago, Publisher’s Weekly came out with a ranking of America’s top 20 publishing houses for 2016. It’s no surprise who the top 5 were, but what’s really important is what came after.

The sixth and seventh publisher were both that of children’s books- Scholastic and Disney came in right under the ‘Big Five.’ It’s quite a refreshing thing to see. Children’s literature has always been a tough genre to crack because the audience is smaller, the interests change rapidly, and the surge of technology has threatened to turn some children away from reading and the love of books. Nevertheless, books sales for 2016 has proved that there is still so much to love about children’s publishing. For Disney, Star Wars and Rick Riordan books led the way.

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Houghton and Workman come in next, showing us that non-fiction titles still have a big impact on our consumption market as…

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“Go Set a Watchman” Was the Top Bestselling Print Book of 2015

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A customer picks up a copy of author Harper Lee’s novel “Go Set a Watchman” at a Waterstones bookstore in London Photo by Neil Hall courtesy of Reuters. A customer picks up a copy of author Harper Lee’s novel “Go Set a Watchman” at a Waterstones bookstore in London Photo by Neil Hall courtesy of Reuters.

The 2015 print bestseller list was topped, not surprisingly, by Harper Lee’s first new book in 55 years, Go Set a Watchman, which was announced in February and went on sale in July. It would go on to move more than 1.5 million copies at outlets that report to Nielsen BookScan, besting two of the other big books of the year: E.L. James’s fourth novel in her wildly popular erotica series, Fifty Shades of Grey, and the 10th title in Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

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Print Books Having Good Finish to Solid Year

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The book business looks ready to mark a second consecutive year of unit growth in print books. Unit sales of print books were up 2.8% through the week ended December 20, 2015 compared to the same period in 2014 at outlets that report to Nielsen BookScan with just under 626 million unit sold. The gain in 2015 follows a 2.4% increase in unit sales in 2014.

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