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A Dull Holiday Season?
December 22, 2016

Without a hot book or hot category—like last year's adult coloring book phenomenon—unit sales of print books have fallen 6% since Thanksgiving compared to the same period in 2015.

'Cursed Child' Boosts Kids' July Sales
December 20, 2016

The July publication of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' helped raise sales in the children's/young adult segment 31.1% in July over a year ago. July sales of adult books fell.

S&S's Reidy Tells Staff to 'Resist Censorship' After 'Tumultuous' 2016
December 19, 2016 at 12:02 pm

Simon & Schuster's president and c.e.o. Carolyn Reidy has urged colleagues to "resist censorship" in an email to staff in which she summed up 2016 as a "tumultuous year" politically and culturally. Reidy said it was S&S' "responsibility" both to "resist censorship" and "to stand unequivocally for freedom of speech" — "no matter how difficult…

Turning Up the Volume on Audiobooks in Canada
December 19, 2016 at 11:56 am

Positive reports from The FutureBook Conference indicate that audiobook use is on the rise, especially in the US, the UK, and Sweden. In Canada, audiobook use has been the focus of an in-depth survey. At the end of last month, BookNet Canada released Are You Still Listening? Audiobook Use in Canada 2016, a survey of audiobook…

AAP Writes Letter to President-Elect Donald Trump
December 16, 2016 at 11:19 am

Editor's Note: Yesterday the Association of American Publishers (AAP) sent a letter to President-Elect Donald Trump. The letter details the association's biggest concerns for the future, including protecting copyright and promoting global publishing partnerships. Read the complete letter from AAP general counsel and VP of government affairs Allan Adler below. Dear Mr. President-Elect: On behalf…

European Publishers Sold $23.3 Billion in Books in 2015
December 16, 2016 at 10:17 am

In 2015 the 28 countries that are members of the EU and EEA (European Economic Area) generated €22.3 billion ($23.36 billion) in total annual sales, according to a new report by the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) issued last week. The number is up slightly from 2014, when total revenue was €22 billion. The sum…

Press Release: Scholastic Reports Fiscal 2017 Second Quarter Results
December 15, 2016 at 11:25 am

NEW YORK — December 15, 2016 — Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children's publishing, education and media company, today reported financial results for the Company's fiscal 2017 second quarter ended November 30, 2016. Revenue in the second quarter was $623.1 million, compared to $601.8 million a year ago, an increase of $21.3 million, or…

October Bookstore Sales Slipped 1%
December 15, 2016 at 11:15 am

Bookstore sales dipped 1.0% in October compared to a year ago, according to preliminary estimates released this morning by the U.S. Census Bureau. Sales for the month were $774 million, down from $782 million in October 2015.

Why Forbes Is Backing Book Publishing to Save the News Media
December 15, 2016 at 11:05 am

As we await next month’s inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, the potential power of the personal brand has never been so startlingly obvious. The key vehicle for Brand Trump, the Midas-like persona that has propelled the property developer to the White House, was a 372-page document printed and…

European Publishers Sold $23.3 Billion in Books in 2015
December 15, 2016

The 28 countries that are members of the EU generated €22.3 billion ($23.36 billion) in total annual sales in 2015, up slightly from €22 billion in 2014, according to a new report by the Federation of European Publishers.

Potter Lifts Scholastic Results
December 15, 2016

Trade sales in the quarter ended November 30, 2016 jumped 60% at Scholastic over the comparable period a year ago, led by the market strength of several Harry Potter titles.

AAP Congratulates Trump, Pushes IP Enforcement
December 14, 2016 at 11:00 pm

In a public letter, released this morning, AAP general counsel and v-p Allan Adler congratulated Trump on his election, and urged his administration to take up IP-related issues once in office.

Press Release: New York Public Library and Macmillan to Launch a Publishing Partnership
December 14, 2016 at 11:27 am

NEW YORK — December 13, 2016 — The New York Public Library and Macmillan Publishers have announced a new agreement to create and publish a wide variety of print and ebooks for adults and for children drawing from and inspired by the Library’s world-renowned collections of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, artifacts, and more. The bulk…

“The Content Trap” Is a Must-Read Book for Publishers
December 12, 2016 at 9:41 am

A recent trip to a local brick-and-mortar bookstore helped me realize that even the best algorithms and email campaigns can’t replace in-person product discovery. I noticed a book called The Content Trap sitting face-out on the shelf and couldn’t resist picking it up. Great title. Intriguing outline. Normally I’d make a note to grab the…

Audiobooks Were Set to Destroy Books — but Instead, They Opened a New World
December 9, 2016 at 12:06 pm

The turn of the century was approaching, and so was the death of the book. That’s what some were saying in the 1990s, as the Internet became ubiquitous. But in predicting print’s downfall, the prognosticators were 100 years behind the times. “Phonography will probably be the destruction of printing,” said the narrator of “The End…

California Booksellers See a Threat in New Law
December 9, 2016 at 11:56 am

The private act of reading is about to get a lot more public in California. A new law going into effect next month mandates that anyone selling a signed book for more than $5 must vouch for the autograph’s authenticity. That includes, among other things, identifying the previous owner. “If you visit my bookstore to…

Press Release: Blizzard Entertainment Establishes Book-Publishing Label
December 8, 2016 at 11:32 am

IRVINE, Calif. — December 8, 2016 — Blizzard Entertainment today announced the creation of a book-publishing label, Blizzard Publishing, dedicated to developing and releasing new Blizzard publications and reissuing out-of-print titles in the company’s Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® settings, directly and through ongoing global partnerships. Each of Blizzard’s game universes has been inhabited by millions…

Are Small Publishers Doing All the Hard Work for the Big Ones?
December 8, 2016 at 11:13 am

Paul McVeigh and Kirsty Logan are authors you may have heard of. Both of their debuts were published by Salt, an independent publisher. Paul McVeigh’s The Good Son was shortlisted for a bunch of awards, and won the Polari first book prize this year. Kirsty Logan’s The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales won three awards…