Amazon.com announced its selections for Best Books of the Year So Far, naming Tara Westover’s memoir Educated: A Memoir the top pick overall. The annual list is hand selected by the Amazon Books Editors and features the Top 20 books released between January and June 2018—offering readers a mid-year look at the best books. The Amazon Books Editors’ picks for the first 10 of the Top 20 Best Books of the Year So Far are: 1. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover: Tara Westover didn’t see the inside of a classroom until she was seventeen, but it was an experience that dramatically changed the trajectory of her life. This stirring memoir chronicles how she survived her survivalist upbringing, eventually earning a PhD from Cambridge University. It’s a rousing reminder that knowledge is, indeed, power. 2. The Great Alone: A Novel by Kristin Hannah: In this pressure cooker of a page-turner, a damaged Vietnam vet moves his family to the wilds of Alaska. Initially it’s a welcome change, but as winter approaches, and his mental state deteriorates, his wife and daughter find themselves in an increasingly precarious position. Like her mega-bestselling The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone highlights the heroics of everyday people, especially women. 3. The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson: Clever, informative, and sometimes endearingly bumbling, this mix of natural history and crime opens up new worlds. Readers will never look at an old stuffed bird or an elaborately tied fishing fly the same way again. Click Read More below for additional information.
Canadian bargain book wholesaler Book Depot has acquired children’s publisher Kidsbooks. Based in Chicago, Kidsbooks focuses on the publication of activity books, board books, sound books, cloth books, and novelty books, and has a backlist of about 1,000 titles. Kidsbooks founder and previous CEO Dan Blau will stay on as a consultant for the next nine months to help with the transition.
“In speaking with Dan about Kidsbooks, it was evident from the start that we share the same passion for quality children’s products. We both agree that learning should be fun,” Book Depot CEO Wilf Wikkerink said in a prepared statement. “Kidsbooks also offers us the opportunity to add a great brand to our current publishing portfolio.”
This is Book Depot’s second purchase of a book publisher, as last year, it acquired the intellectual property of Rainstorm Publishing. Kidsbooks will remain in Chicago and will be run as a standalone company. Greg Sizelove, business development director of Book Depot, has been named president of Kidsbooks. Other new members of the management team are Link Dyrdahl, former managing director of Rainstorm, who has been named creative director, and publishing veteran Claire Payne, who has been named sales director.
Sizelove told PW Book Depot is open to making additional acquisitions. “We are open to all possibilities in the market, for we have the team and resources to explore them as they arise,” he said.