Strong print and audio sales at Penguin Random House countered soft e-book sales to increase revenue 1.1% in the first half of the year. Earnings at the publisher rose 11.4%.
The February 2017 acquisition of MBS was the major driver of a 48.7% jump in sales at Barnes & Noble Education in the quarter ended July 29. The net loss in the period, however, was $34.8 million, up from $27.9 million in fiscal 2017.
Unit sales of print books in the week ended Aug. 6, 2017, were down 17% from the similar week in 2016 at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. The decline was due entirely to the release last year at this time of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which sold about 2.5 million…
The adult trade segment was one of three major publishing categories to have an increase in the first three months of 2017 over 2016. The higher educational course materials segment had the largest gain in the period, with sales up 24.3%, according to the AAP.