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Press Release: Book Sales Down at the Start of 2016, Ebooks Decline
June 27, 2016 at 2:32 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. — June 27, 2016 —  Publishers’ revenues were down Jan. 2016, compared to Jan. 2015. Trade publishing had double-digit declines in Childrens/YA Books and Adult Books, while Religious Presses had modest gains. Notably, ebook sales had another steep decline with reporting publisher sales declining nearly 25%, compared to Jan. 2015. Big Picture Data:…

International Publishing and the UK’s Vote for Brexit
June 27, 2016 at 12:04 pm

“We know we have shot ourselves in both feet. And a lot of us didn’t want to. And we’re rather scared.” That’s what one member of the London publishing industry has said to me this morning, on waking to find that the Leave camp has been successful in the UK referendum about whether to stay…

Russian Educational Publishers Petition Anti-Monopoly Service
June 24, 2016 at 1:41 pm

The Russian Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) has been asked to consider a petition from leading publishers alarmed by what they believe is the unfair market share of Prosveshenye, a leading producer in Russian educational material. As written up by Eugene Vorotnikov at The Bookseller, the petition has followed “a recently-issued recommendation from the Moscow city government’s education department…

How Will ‘The Brexit’ Impact Book Publishing?
June 24, 2016 at 1:08 pm

Yesterday the U.K. voted to leave the European Union, and the long-discussed Brexit became a reality. Many authors and publishers have taken to twitter to voice their concern and disapproval, equating the Brexit as a move away from inclusiveness and tolerance.

More Copyright Fallout: Canadian Textbook Publishing Called ‘Not Sustainable’
June 23, 2016 at 2:14 pm

Writing Copyright-free material edging out Canadian educational texts for CBC News, Nigel Hunt asks, “Are Canadian students being forced to learn from foreign textbooks?” John Degen, executive director of the Writer’s Union of Canada has expressed his concern on that topic: “I hear again and again,” he tells CBC News, “from professors and from teachers…

Press Release: Barnes & Noble Reports Fiscal 2016 Results; Store Sales Are Flat
June 23, 2016 at 2:03 pm

NEW YORK — June 22, 2016 — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) today reported sales and earnings for its fiscal 2016 fourth quarter and full-year ended April 30, 2016. Retail sales, which include Barnes & Noble stores and BN.com, were $850 million for the quarter and $4.0 billion for the full year, decreasing 2.2%…

Why Book Publishers Must Change Culture to Evolve Their Businesses
June 22, 2016 at 2:36 pm

Book publishing professionals will gather in New Haven, Connecticut July 31s to August 5th to attend the Yale Publishing Course. The course provides insights and tactics that will to help mid-level editors, marketers, and production staff rethink their day-to-day processes and reassess company-wide strategies. Top book publishing executives and consultants will lead courses, offering their perspectives…

Copyright-Free Material Edging Out Canadian Educational Texts
June 20, 2016 at 12:08 pm

Are Canadian students being forced to learn from foreign textbooks? That's the concern of John Degen, executive director of the Writers' Union of Canada. "I hear again and again from professors and from teachers saying that they simply don't feel they have access to enough Canadian works right now," he told CBC News. "And they…

Press Release: Wiley Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2016 Results
June 15, 2016 at 2:45 pm

HOBOKEN, N.J. — June 14, 2016 — John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE: JWa and JWb) has reported its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2016 results. Full year revenue and EPS results match guidance for flat revenue and EPS excluding the transitional (non-cash) impact of shifting to time-based journal subscriptions, foreign exchange, and certain charges and…

Book Publishing Employment Down by One-Quarter in 10 Years
June 14, 2016 at 11:15 am

The latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that employment in the book publishing industry dropped by over a quarter (25.7%) since spring 2006 and nearly a third (32.5%) from its peak 20 years ago. It could be worse: the newspaper industry lost 60% of…

Penguin Relaunches Modern Poets Series
June 13, 2016 at 2:23 pm

Penguin’s iconic Modern Poets series, which was first launched in the early 1960s with the writings of authors from Lawrence Durrell to Stevie Smith, is being revived this summer to introduce a new generation of poets. . . Penguin poetry editor Donald Futers, who is relaunching the series in July with If I’m Scared We…

If You Doubted There Was Gender Bias in Literature, This Study Proves You Wrong
June 10, 2016 at 2:35 pm

A new study has confirmed what many already suspected: the careers of Australia’s female authors are suffering due to gender bias within the literature industry. That female writers are still consistently being overlooked in the 21st century is not only unacceptable; it is embarrassing. The study, conducted…

Making the Case for Hybrid Publishing
June 9, 2016 at 12:00 pm

My first career job out of college was working for a husband- and wife-owned press in Berkeley, California. Though both Berkeley and that press had a bit of a radical past, I wouldn’t realize until years later that the business dealings I was exposed to at that press would end up challenging people’s notions of…

You May Soon Binge Books Just Like You Binge Netflix
June 8, 2016 at 1:51 pm

After each cliffhanger death and betrayal in Game of Thrones, viewers must wait seven days until the next episode delivers resolution. As agonizing as that is, it’s an eye-blink compared to the glacial pace of serial book publishing—something many an erstwhile George R.R. Martin fan knows. Genre fiction, like TV, increasingly depends upon serialized long-arc storytelling; it’s rare these…

Latest from Author Earnings: Bigger Data Set, More Profitable Authors
June 6, 2016 at 1:54 pm

Calling their latest Author Earnings report “definitive” might seem risky. After all, Data Guy and Hugh Howey’s quarterly reports will always change, with new data. If we ever get the “final answer” that Merriam-Webster calls “definitive,” it will mean that All Literature has become backlist—much of it heavenly, some of it hellish. Charon and I will come…

Turning a Book into a Global Entertainment Franchise
June 3, 2016 at 2:21 pm

Most authors and rights owners share a dream. Some keep it buried deep inside themselves, some pursue it with aggressive abandon. “I wish my story would be heard, I wish it would be turned into a movie, I wish fans would line up for days for the book launches…” – they want their story to…

Color It Confusing: Can the UK’s VAT People Classify Coloring Books as Not Books?
May 26, 2016 at 10:18 am

Recently, one of the bright spots of British publishing, as in the States and elsewhere, has been the craze for adult coloring books. Their popularity has helped to fuel the industry’s gains in print sales. (More on the UK’s 2015 statistics here.) But now, The Bookseller’s Lisa Campbell reports, several publishers—ranging from large corporations to…

How to Sell Books That Are Good Enough to Steal
May 25, 2016 at 12:00 pm

How do you know if what you’ve created is worthwhile? In my experience, it has to pass the “good enough to steal test.” Business owners, authors, artists, and musicians don’t like to hear this, but it’s true. The fact is the majority of goods and services produced do not actually meet this benchmark of success.…

What if Academic and Scholarly Publishers Paid Research Authors?
May 25, 2016 at 10:24 am

A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education sought to explore what the authors of the 10 most-downloaded Sci-Hub articles think of Sci-Hub. Aside from cherry-picking its facts (the journalist interviewed three authors out of dozens involved in the papers), the question itself is a red herring. After all, because publishers assume financial risk…