News & Trends: Fast Stats
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 jump has decreased with each subsequent movie release. When the first movie, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," debuted, 223,200 units of that title were sold the following week.
Source: The Nielsen Co.
Amount that total sales in the global STM publishing market fell in 2009, due to a variety of factors, including the worldwide recession, budget pressures facing academic institutions, and corporate customers and advertisers cutting spending. At the time of publication, the STM market was projected to finish 2010 with sales slightly above last year's total.
Source: Simba Information's "Global STM Publishing 2009-2010" report
Amount of U.S. bookstores that Neil Van Uum, president of Joseph-Beth Booksellers, predicts will close in the next three to five years. Joseph-Beth filed for bankruptcy protection in November.
Source: "Joseph-Beth Files for Bankruptcy Protection; Local Store to Remain Open," Lexington Herald-Leader, Nov. 12, 2010
Percentage of U.S. adult Internet users who are using "geosocial" services such as Foursquare or Gowalla on any given day, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. However, location-based services can be expected to grow over time. For example, according to Pew, 24 percent of online U.S. adults now use Twitter, up from six percent in August 2008.
Source: "Few Americans Using Location-Based Services: Pew Study," Agence France-Presse, Nov. 4, 2010