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Friday, July 18, 2014

E-book Sales Rose 4% in First Quarter

Trade e-book sales rose 4.3% in the first quarter of to $387.9 million, according to AAP's monthly StatShot report. The increase was due to a 39.6% increase in e-book sales in the children's/YA segment which offset a 0.6% decline in sales of adult e-books. Overall, sales in the children's/YA segment rose 31.5% in the quarter at publishers that report to StatShot led by sales of Veronica Roth's Divergent series.

Among the adult categories, hardcover sales rose 3.0% in the quarter, while trade paperback sales fell 2.8%. Mass market paperback continued to struggle in the quarter with sales off 12.9%. Spokenword audio had a mixed first quarter with physical audio sales down 11.3%, while digital downloads increases 24.3%. Sales of religious books rose 1.8%.
StatShot figures are based on sales reports from 1,218 publishers.

Monday, July 14, 2014

How Famous Creatives Spent Their Days: INFOGRAPHIC

Have you ever wondered how much time Les Miserables author Victor Hugospent sleeping? Or how many hours 1Q84 author Haruki Murakamidevotes to writing?
Podio has created an infographic called, “The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People.” The image (embedded below) shows the day-to-day schedules of 26 famous creative professionals including Lolita authorVladimir NabokovSlaughterhouse-Five author Kurt Vonnegut, and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings author Maya Angelou.
Note: There is an easier to read graphic which shows their daily schedule ...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Unbroken’ Joins iBooks Bestsellers List This Week

unbrokenUnbroken by Laura Hillenbrand has debuted on Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 2. Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 7/7/14. Invisible by David Ellis & James Patterson and The Silkworm and The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith aka JK Rowling also made the list this week.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Ten Best Mystery Books

"Thomas H. Cook, one of the best at what he does, has done it again with 2013's 
Sandrine's Case, which is just as intricate and surprising as you'd expect from the Edgar winner. A veteran thriller and mystery writer of over 20 books, Cook shared his favorite mystery novels". (From Publishers Weekly website) 

The first two are: 
1. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
2. A Crime in the Neighborhood by Suzanne Berne

For the rest and a description of the books: Read the rest of the article

Friday, June 27, 2014

EBook Sales Held Steady Last Year at 21% of the Total Book Trade Sales

Slowing ebook sales may embolden publishers in Amazon spat

With (AMZN) CEO Jeff Bezos battling major publishers to divvy up the economic spoils of the book market, both sides could point to seemingly good news in the latest industry statistics.
U.S. publishers collected $3 billion in revenue from ebook sales growth last year.U.S. publishers collected about $3 billion in trade ebook sales last year, virtually unchanged from 2012, according to the new report from the Bookstats Project, jointly produced by the Association of American Publishers and the Book Industry Study Group. Total revenue from print and digital books in the trade category, which excludes textbooks and journals, declined 2% to $14.6 billion. The figures are based on how much publishers collected, not how much retailers charged and consumers paid, but they still give a snapshot into trends in the business.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The World's 60 Largest Book Publishers, 2013

New York may be our publishing capital but the major publishers are mostly parts of conglomerates now. 

From Publishers Weekly: Despite concerns about consolidation among publishing houses, sales of the top 10 companies accounted for 55% of revenue of the 50 publishers that are on the list for both 2012 and 2011, down from 57% in 2011. One reason for the decline is the increasing number of publishers from emerging markets gaining sales worldwide. That has been especially true among publishers in the 20th to 50th spots on the ranking; total revenues from those 30 companies accounted for 25% of sales in 2012, up from 21% in 2011. In addition, several new companies have been added to the ranking this year, including two Chinese publishers and one from Russia, bringing the list to 60 publishers.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Reading is Fundamental Finds Need for Summer Reading Promotion

RIFand Macy's Reveal Reading Survey Results, Debut 2014 'Be Book Smart'Reading Is Fundamental and Macy’s released the results of a new survey on Wednesday that disclosed that only 17 percent of parents view reading as a top summer priority for their children, although existing research indicates the importance of reading in preventing children from losing literacy skills during the months away from school. A full 60 percent of respondents to the new survey disagreed with that finding, indicating that they do not believe their children lose literacy skills due to a lack of summer reading. Conducted online in April, the survey, conducted by Harris Interactive, polled 1,000 parents nationwide with children ages 5–11. Survey results also revealed that kids devote nearly three times the number of hours to watching TV or playing video games during the summer than they do to reading. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Apple Settles In E-Book Price-Fixing Lawsuit

Apple has reached an out-of-court settlement with states' attorneys general and a number of other complainants over e-book price fixing. Apple had been facing some $800 million in damages. Nearly a year ago, U.S. District Judge Denise Cotes found Apple guilty of colluding to set prices.--NPR

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Publishers Weekly Picks Some Good Summer Reads

There's the grisly thriller Cataract City by Craig Davidson about two abducted boys. The Antiquarian by Gustavo Faveron Patriau has a murderer locked up in an institution for killing his fiancee. And just when you thought it was safe to go into the water we have Bellweather Rapsody by Kate Racculia. We're billing it as The Shining meets Agatha Christie. If it's history you want, but keeping with the gritty theme, read In the Wolf's Mouth by Booker Finalist Adam Foulds which follows the soldiers and criminals of WWII's Africa and Italy campaigns. Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch will make you rethink your ideas about men and women, young and old. Then, sit back and hand yourself over to a fiction master, Jane Gardam, whoseThe Stories of Jane Gardam will make you glad you're reading, no matter what the temperature. (PW Article)