Thursday, May 24, 2007

Disney Book Group Launches Publishing Program to Support Pirates of the Caribbean

Disney Book Group continues to grow its largest publishing program ever for a live action film. The massively anticipated release of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End on May 25, 2007 will see the release of multiple new titles – with close to 2 million books already confirmed to ship to retailers in the U.S.

The Pirates of the Caribbean publishing program continues its rapid growth as a result of its wide appeal – as audiences of all ages connect with the sense of magic and adventure in the films, the books are published for readers at every age – from beginning readers to more advanced chapter books, from storybooks to young adult fiction – and for adult fans, there are gift and collectible titles as well.

Disney Book Group will release a broad publishing program based on Pirates of the Caribbean and the At World’s End movie. Included in this massive campaign are books for readers of all ages, including Disney Press’s At World’s End Junior Novel, which is already a New York Times best seller; the Saving Jack Sparrow and Force of Will 8x8 storybooks for readers ages 4-6; Singapore! and The Mystic’s Journey early readers for kids ages 5-7; At World’s End: The Movie Storybook for readers ages 10 and up; and gift books from Disney Editions including: Pirates of the Caribbean: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies; The Art of Pirates of the Caribbean; Bring Me That Horizon: The Making of Pirates of the Caribbean; and The Pirates Guidelines.

Books based on the entire Pirates of the Caribbean franchise will be also debut in conjunction with the film’s premiere – titles include From Ship to Shore: A Magnetic Book; The Secret Files of the East India Trading Company; Pirates of the Caribbean Poster Book; and The Black Pearl: A Pop-Up Pirate Ship. Additionally, the original Jack Sparrow chapter book series based on the teenage Jack Sparrow - which has launched New York Times and USA Today best selling titles - will continue to grow into a 12 book program.

The Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest Junior Novel was a #1 New York Times best seller and remained on the list for 15 weeks. Pirates of the Caribbean titles have appeared on best-seller lists in the UK and France, and within the next year, over 60 different Pirates of the Caribbean titles will be available globally.

Disney Book Group is part of Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW). Disney Book Group’s imprints include Hyperion Books for Children, Jump at the Sun, Disney Press, and Disney Editions.

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