This Week in Publishing: 4–8 January, 2016

Here’s a new feature I hope to post on a weekly basis, each Friday. If you’re interested in publishing news, please check in every Friday! I’ll try to get it up earlier in the day than I was able to today.

Monday, 4 January

  • Belgravia, an interactive digital book by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes in the vein of Dickensian serials, will be launched later this year as an app. (New York Times)
  • George R.R. Martin is disappointed to announce that we will definitely not be seeing The Winds of Winter on shelves before the sixth season of Game of Thrones debuts on HBO in April. (GRRM @ LiveJournal)
  • Print sales continued to rise in 2015 after a good year in 2014, largely driven by an increase in adult nonfiction sales (although adult fiction also performed admirably). (Publisher’s Weekly)
  • PW has also released the Nielsen BookScan list of bestselling books in the categories of adult fiction and nonfiction, as well as children’s books. (Publisher’s Weekly)
  • PBS’s Masterpiece is starting a book club featuring works inspired by its hit TV series, such as Sherlock and Downton Abbey. (PBS)

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