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Struggling Borders to Meet With Publishers
January 4, 2011

The book chain Borders entered 2011 on an unsteady note, telling major publishers last week that it would delay payments owed to them, and stoking fears that it would not be able to recover from declining sales.

Sales at Borders have fallen and it has delayed paying publishers.

On Monday, Borders executives said they would discuss the company’s plans with publishers at hastily arranged meetings in New York later this week.

Thoughts on 'Why the iPad Couldn’t Kill the Kindle'
January 4, 2011

Today, Thomas Nelson CEO Michael Hyatt wrote in his blog "Why the iPad Couldn't Kill the Kindle."

He wrote: "When Apple launched the iPad last spring, most everyone assumed it would kill the Kindle. After all, the iPad had a multi-touch screen, a crisp, color display, the ability to view books, photos, and movies, and run thousands of applications."

He also writes: "it is clear that we have two distinct product classes here with less overlap than originally thought. Apparently, the market is big enough for both." On this point, I don't disagree, however, I don't believe the battle is over.

Fast Stats
January 1, 2011

4,200 Number of units of the book "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" that were sold the week of Nov. 21, 2010 following the release of Part I of the movie of that title on Nov. 19, 2010. Each "Harry Potter" film release has encouraged a sales boost for books in the series, although that…

This Year's 10 Trends in Children’s Books
December 17, 2010

Children's book publisher Scholastic has released a list of "10 Trends in Children’s Books from 2010." The list was compiled by Scholastic editors, "including children’s literature experts from Scholastic Book Clubs and Scholastic Book Fairs, divisions of Scholastic that distribute books from all publishers through schools nationwide," according to the company.

Poll: Interest in e-book readers triples in 21 months
November 17, 2010

A PC Advisor poll of 987 site visitors has found that almost a third (32.8 percent) already own an e-book reader, while 26.5 percent are interested in owning an e-book reader but have yet to splash out. 

80% of tablet consumers still want the iPad
November 5, 2010

Last month, ChangeWave asked over 3,000 consumers about their purchase plans for the coming months. As the trends already show for 2010, people just aren’t buying netbooks, with more and more people looking towards the tablet options to fulfil their ultra-mobile computing needs.

Fast Stats
November 1, 2010

40% of printed hardcover and trade paperback books are remaindered or returned unsold to the publisher.

Sales of Picture Books Slow-going
October 14, 2010

Picture books have such poor sales these days at the Children's Book Shop in Brookline, Mass., that employees typically place new copies on shelves, watch them languish, then return them to publishers.