New Wimpy Kid book gets 6 million first printing

June 16, 2011 - 12:43 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The "Wimpy Kid" will be back this fall, with a most un-wimpy first printing.

"Cabin Fever," the sixth book of Jeff Kinney's mega-selling "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series, is coming out Nov. 15. Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams, announced Thursday a first printing of 6 million copies, among the biggest for any book in recent memory. Over 40 million "Wimpy Kid" books have sold worldwide.

One reason the print run is so high: No e-books. Abrams president and CEO Michael Jacobs said he and Kinney agreed that the technology was not yet adequate for the heavily illustrated works and that it was good to have kids read on paper.