The Tolkien Conspiracy?

Publisher’s Lunch reported this morning that Houghton Mifflin issued a press release that sales were down from last year, with the sentence, “The decrease was due mainly to lower Tolkien book sales and lower sales of children’s titles.” However, in confirming the info, I noticed that the press release had been removed. Is it possible that Houghton Mifflin is deliberately withholding some pertinent info and that Tolkien has lust its potency? As Uncle Matt Grambo might say, DEVELOPING.

[UPDATE: Never mind. Here’s the release.]

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