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At last! Positive news about the book business

From the Associated Press, a perfect newsy companion to my "10 Fall Books I'm Dying to Read" post:

"Just in time for an especially crowded fall, business seems to be picking up for books.

Conroy After months when Stephenie Meyer appeared to be the only author anyone wanted to read, publishers and booksellers have noted new hits such as Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice, Richard Russo's That Old Cape Magic and Pat Conroy's South of Broad.

``It's still quite a difficult marketplace, . . . but there's clearly a little bit more enthusiasm,'' John Sargent, CEO of Macmillan, says. ``In the first six months, you basically had just the Stephenie Meyer books and a few others working. Now what you're seeing is a broader spectrum working better.''

The Association of American Publishers, which had reported declines for much of the year, finally issued some good news last week, announcing a 21.5 percent sales increase for June."

The list of fall authors is impressive indeed. And proof that AP has it right in regards to what people are buying and reading: This week South of Broad was no. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list, with Russo's That Old Cape Magic at no. 4

Read the whole story here.

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