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Fast Stats
March 1, 2011

98% of more than 600 respondents to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch poll who said changes to "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" should not be made.

eBooks ... By the Numbers
March 1, 2011

Since the beginning of 2010, for every 100 paperback books Amazon sold, the company reportedly sold 115 Kindle books across's entire U.S. book business.

March 1, 2011

Available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, "Peter Rabbit: Buddy Edition" incorporates technology allowing two people to remotely read aloud together.

U.S. Book Sales Up in 2010
February 24, 2011

According to the Association of American Publishers (AAP), U.S. publishers' book sales across all platforms increased 2.4 percent in December 2010 versus December 2009 ($1.58 billion versus $1.54 billion), and 3.6 percent for all of 2010 versus 2009 ($11.67 billion versus $11.25 billion). Virtually every book publishing category showed growth in one or both comparisons, with e-books continuing to post triple-digit percentage gains.

BISG Event Addresses Challenges in Higher Ed Publishing
February 10, 2011

Executives from across the education sector of book publishing gathered Wednesday, Feb. 9 at The Yale Club in New York City for Book Industry Study Group's (BISG) first "Making Information Pay for Higher Education" event. A range of speakers addressed challenges familiar to many publishers, including determining what consumers want in a print-digital integrated world and how to deliver it to them, as well as issues specific to the education sector, such as the ongoing debate over textbook pricing.

'Choose Your Own Adventure' Series to Become a Movie?
January 24, 2011

Film watching is, by its very nature, a passive activity. You sit back in the dark, maybe with a refreshment on hand, and you play witness to a preconceived story with a beginning, a middle and an end.

Bob Dylan Signs Six-Book Deal
January 20, 2011

Bob Dylan has signed a six-book deal with Simon & Schuster, according to Crain's New York Business, encompassing two sequels to his acclaimed 2004 book Chronicles: Volume One as well as another book based on dialogue from his Sirius/XM radio show Theme Time Radio Hour.

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.