Top US/UK Trade Talk: Twilight Eclipses Harry Potter; Oxford Has Record Profits

In Global Trade Talk, News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka


As noted in today’s “Bonus Material” the Twilight juggernaut chugs on, crushing all in its path, including Harry Potter. According to USA Today, Meyer’s series — when compared directly with the first four editions of J.K. Rowling’s wizardry series — has outlasted the Scot on the bestseller list. It will be interesting to see if all the forthcoming variations of the Twilight series from the journals to collector’s editions to the graphic novel adaptation from Yen Press — arriving in bookstores in time for Christmas — will hit the list as well. The latest bit of news for Meyer fans to sink their teeth into is that the Mormon mother millionaire author from Phoenix will be featured in a forthcoming “Female Force” bio comic. The series, from Bluewater Productions, “offers a broad examination of strong and influential women who are shaping modern history and culture.”

In the latest earnings reports from the UK, Oxford’s profits for the year were up 8.1%, despite an overall drop in revenue growth, says The Bookseller. Total turnover was £578.7m, representing an increase in 4.8% for the year — a slight dip from the previous year’s growth of 5.4% — but still the highest in the company’s history. In the US, Marvel Entertainment’s sale in publishing slipped 1.4%, to $57.5 million for the first six months of the year, reports Jim Milliot in PW.

People just can’t get enough of cats, apparently. In the same week that magazine Entertainment Weekly devoted a full-length feature spread to the craze for online cat videos (and, conicidentally, in the same issue in which Stephen King vows to spend less time online), Publishers Weekly reports that agent Peter McGuigan at The Foundry agency has sold Penguin Group a new book by author Vickey Myron, author of the bestseller Dewey: There’s a Cat in the Library. The price for the new book, titled Dewey’s Nine Lives, is rumored to be a cool $2 million, writes Rachel Deahl.

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.