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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Religious books sales see mixed results
Continuing an upward trend in e-book sales, religious presses reported a nearly 23% increase for the first 11 months of 2012 versus January-November 2011, with sales of more than $53 million, according to the latest figures available from the Association of American Publishers (AAP). The association has also seen double-digit growth in religious digital books in recent months.

Overall, religious book sales for the year-to-date versus the same time frame in 2011 saw a 3. 7% drop to more than $542 million. Read more
Actor Greg Kinnear is in negotiations to star in the movie adaptation of Todd Burpo's runaway best-selling book, Heaven Is for Real (Thomas Nelson), The Hollywood Reporter reported.

Published in November 2010, Burpo's account of his young son Colton's near-death experience of heaven has sold more than 8 million copies in the past two years.
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Grupo Nelson sells out Spanish 'Glo' Bible during launch
Grupo Nelson recently launched-and sold out-of the Spanish version of the award-winning Glo Bible, a first for the Thomas Nelson Spanish imprint.
Thomas Nelson, Zondervan lead Christian Book Awards' finalists
Thomas Nelson and sister company Zondervan lead the publishing houses field in the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) Christian Book Awards, with six finalists each.
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Easter sales expected to exceed $17 billion
Americans will spend an average of approximately $145. 13 on products ranging from apparel and candy to food and decorations this year, flat with last year's $145.
Dr. Ben Carson's America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great (Zondervan) ranked high in three categories of the New York Times best-sellers list for the week of March 17.

Released January 2012, the book was No. 1 on the Paperback Nonfiction and Paperback Combined (Nonfiction Print and E-Book) lists, and No. 3 on the Nonfiction Hardcover list. Since its release, America the Beautiful has appeared 23 times on the New York Times best-sellers list.
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