Saturday, November 03, 2012

Simon & Schuster Starts to Recover; ABA Among Those With Outages


As of Friday morning Simon & Schuster's data services (including e-mail) have been restored and their distribution center is "fully operational," after spending Thursday  taking orders via PubEasy, PubNet, corporate EDI, and fax. A company spokesperson tells us there were "major round the clock efforts from the folks there, and our operations and IT staff to bring us back up. They will be working this weekend to get out orders delayed by the storm."
In a message posted on Tor's Facebook page, Macmillan says the current plan is to be open for business on Monday, November 5, as Con Edison is now due to restore power to most of Manhattan by Saturday. Employees can call 888-845-8477 ext: 7771 or 540-672-7771 for updates.
The American Booksellers Association is among those continuing to struggle with "significantly affected" operations following the storm, as their "ability to receive and to respond to communications is very limited." The main site is still down, but they have posted to the Bookselling This Week with basic updates for members. They can be reached via Twitter (@ABABook) and Facebook.

Steve Coll has won the FT/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award for PRIVATE EMPIRE: Exxon Mobil and American Power (Penguin Press).

Publishers Weekly announced their picks for the 100 best books adult books (and 40 top children's books) of 2012. Here is their top 10 list:

Building Stories, by Chris Ware (Pantheon)
Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel (Holt)
The Round House, by Louise Erdrich (Harper)
Happiness Is a Chemical in the Brain, by Lucia Perillo (Norton)
The Devil in Silver, by Victor LaValle (Spiegel & Grau)
Detroit City Is the Place to Be: The Afterlife of an American Metropolis, by Mark Binelli (Metropolitan)
All We Know: Three Lives, by Lisa Cohen (FSG)
People Who Eat Darkness, by Richard Lloyd Parry (FSG)
The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600–1675 by Bernard Bailyn (Knopf)
Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944–1956 by Anne Applebaum (Dou

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