Unit sales of print books rose 2% in the week ended Oct. 2, 2016, compared to the similar week in 2015, at outlets that report to Nielsen BookScan. The increase was led by the adult nonfiction segment, where units increased 5% over the week ended Oct. 4, 2015. Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen’s memoir, landed at #1 in the adult nonfiction category in its first week on sale and was the top-selling book in the week overall, selling more than 117,000 copies. Two other new titles also sold well in their first week: Alton Brown: Everyday Cook by Alton Brown debuted in third place on the adult nonfiction bestsellers list, selling more than 19,000 copies, while The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein was fourth, selling more than 18,000 copies. Unit sales rose 2% in the week in the juvenile fiction category. While J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child stayed in the top spot, selling more than 43,000 copies, The Fever Code by James Dashner landed in second place, selling more than 25,000 copies in its first week. With the film adaptation of The Girl on the Train set to be released this month, three versions of the book occupied the top three places on the adult fiction list, selling a combined 125,000 copies. Still, unit sales in the segment fell 1% in the week.
The Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group has acquired Pineapple Press, an independent publisher focused on books about Florida, and the art, folklore, history, and culture in the state. The acquisition is effective July 13.
National Book Network, the distribution unit of Rowman & Littlefield, will take over sales and distribution of Pineapple Press titles on July 14. Ingram Publisher Services, which previously distributed Pineapple Press titles, will continue to manage the distribution of Pineapple’s e-book list via Ingram’s CoreSource e-book program.
Founded by June and David Gussen in 1982, Pineapple Press has a backlist of more than 400 titles. The co-founders will continue to oversee Pineapple Press editorial operations until a new Florida office for the press is opened. The company is currently based in Sarasota, Fla.
The Pineapple Press list includes the work of Patrick D. Smith and his bestselling title, A Land Remembered, which has sold more than 250,000 copies since it was published in 1983.
The acquisition continues RLPG’s strategy of acquiring regional publishers. Pineapple will become an imprint of Globe Pequot, the trade division of RLPG. Based in Guilford, CT, Globe Pequot manages a wide range of RLPG publishing imprints that specialize in titles on regional interest, lifestyle, and culture.
Jed Lyons, president and CEO of RLPG, said the acquisition will enhance the company’s “regional trade program and adds hundreds of first-rate books on the fastest growing state in the nation. The Cussens have built a wonderful business which we will do our best to preserve and grow in the future under the Pineapple name.”