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5 Top Publishing News Stories of the Week: 1/7-1/11

number_5_orangeEvery week we recommend 5 links to publishing news that the young professional should read to feel more informed and connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know.

Amazing what a little Wal-Mart can do: Bookscan started reporting book sales from Wal-Mart, and watched the mass-market category grow by big-box proportions, which is to say, around 65%.

Turkish citizens have a lot of reading to catch up on, after censorship bans on over 23,000 books were lifted on January 5.

Why settle for the discretion of ebooks when you could have enormous hardback editions of all three 50 Shades books to ostentatiously lug around with you everywhere?

The UK’s 2012 book sales numbers are in, looking much like things in the US: gains in ebooks, loss in how much profit the industry pulled, and the power of 50 Shades visible at every turn.

Word is out about a number of new ebook publishing approaches forthcoming from major publishers in almost every category: Scholastic’s middle-grade Spirit Animal, McGraw-Hill’s SmartBook, an “adaptive” textbook platform; and Tor’s “TV approach” with John Scalzi‘s next novel.

BONUS! Team Publishing Trends has just released its biggest, widest-ranging, most-must-have contact sheet of the year, and you can download it here. It’s an industry classic, now with two additional pages of contact templates for US publishers, distributors, book trade orgs, and more.

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