Top US/UK Trade Talk: UK’s Orion Sets Bestseller Record, Random Goes Greener

In Global Trade Talk, News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka

In London, The Bookseller is reporting that the publisher Orion has set a record by landing three consecutive books at #1 on the bestseller list in the past five weeks. “Thanks to a 37,450 seven-day sale, Ian Rankin’s Doors Open is this week’s new number one. It means that publisher Orion has enjoyed three consecutive number ones (over a five-week period) following the two weeks each that Linwood Barclay’s Too Close to Home and Maeve Binchy’s Heart and Soul spent at the summit of the Official UK Top 50.” What’s more, “It is the first time a publisher has managed the feat in more than six years.”

In the US, Random House goes greener, says PW: “As part of its commitment to lowering its carbon footprint, Random House has joined the SmartWay Transportation Partnership, a collaboration between the EPA and the freight industry. Launched in 2004, the goal of SmartWay is to reduce emissions by finding more efficient ways for shippers and transportation companies to work together. According to Kathy Booker, director/analyst, logistics for RH, the publisher will look to work with as many companies as possible that are in SmartWay to lower the environmental impact of RH’s shipping efforts. SmartWay currently has over 1,500 participants.”

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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.