News & Trends: Fast Stats
3 Number of titles Harlequin Teen will publish in 2009, beginning with the late-July release of “My Soul to Take,” by Rachel Vincent. The imprint—which launched in July and is aimed at readers 12 to 18 years old—plans to release 17 titles in 2010.
Source: The Wall Street Journal, July 21, 2009
$331 million 2008 revenue reported by 30 Audio Publishers Association (APA) member companies, a 6.7-percent decrease from the previous year. The APA estimates that the total size of the audiobook industry, based on dollars spent by consumers and libraries, is close to $1 billion.
Source: 2009 APA Sales Survey
700,000 Approximate number of titles Barnes & Noble is offering at the launch of its new Barnes & Noble eBookstore. The retailer expects that number to increase to more than 1 million titles within the next year. B&N also announced that it will be the exclusive eBookstore provider on the forthcoming Plastic Logic eReader device.
9 Age of Rubina Ali, who recently made publishing history by becoming the youngest person ever to pen a memoir. United Kingdom-based publisher Black Swan released “Slumgirl Dreaming,” by Ali, who starred in the Oscar-winning film “Slumdog Millionaire.”
Source: The Independent, July 5, 2009