Online Sales

Subscription Services Strike Back
October 23, 2015 at 2:42 pm

Despite Oyster’s recent closure, subscription models are far from dead. On Wednesday, two companies announced new multimedia subscription platforms. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt shared news of its Curious World platform, a subscription service that provides interactive learning to children through ebooks, videos, and games. Disney too made headlines with the launch of its DisneyLife platform, a…

Hachette CEO Nourry and “The Way to Death”
October 15, 2015 at 12:10 pm

“When you lose control over your price point you are on the way to death,” said Hachette Livre Chairman and CEO Arnaud Nourry when asked if he was worried about perceptions of the value of books created by Amazon’s drive to discount. “We have to be very careful and never think it is behind us,”…

Rocky Term of Apple's Ebooks Antitrust Monitor Will Expire Friday
October 14, 2015 at 1:41 pm

Apple’s contentious, two-year slog bridling under the yoke of a court-appointed antitrust monitor will expire Friday. The monitor, former U.S. Department of Justice inspector general Michael Bromwich, was appointed by U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in October 2013 after she found that Apple had orchestrated a conspiracy to fix the prices of ebooks when it…

First Half of 2015 Not a Great Start for Book Publishers
October 9, 2015 at 12:30 pm

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) released its quarterly StatShot report for the book industry, including revenue numbers for over 1,200 publishers in the trade, education, university press, and professional publishing sectors. According to the report, sales declined 4.1% in the first half of 2015 when compared to the first half of 2014. Book sales…

Why the Textbook Market is Dying, Part Googol
September 23, 2015 at 1:12 pm

With textbook prices rising faster than inflation, more and more universities (and even state-wide university systems) are adopting free and open-source textbooks. And now the idea has taken hold in Canada. Earlier this month the province of Manitoba announced its new Open Textbook Initiative, a program to provide freely licensed OER textbooks to college students.

The Plot Twist: Ebook Sales Slip, and Print Is Far From Dead
September 23, 2015 at 1:01 pm

Five years ago, the book world was seized by collective panic over the uncertain future of print. As readers migrated to new digital devices, ebook sales soared, up 1,260 percent between 2008 and 2010, alarming booksellers that watched consumers use their stores to find titles they would later buy online. Print sales dwindled, bookstores struggled…

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ublishers & Authors Must Unite Marketing Efforts
September 15, 2015 at 2:04 pm

Survey the landscape, and you will see authors who are taking marketing into their own hands and successfully creating audiences and loyal followings without help from their publishers. Authors have always deployed additional marketing, but new tools and agencies allow them to enact efforts that are at scale and beyond publishers’ bandwidth...

B&N Says it is (Still) “Considering” Smaller Stores, But is Actually Closing Stores
September 10, 2015 at 5:08 pm

B&N said they are considering smaller stores, but what they're actually doing is shuttering stores right and left. And that is the real story here, not that a "book retailer considers new store prototype". Actions speak louder than words, which is why you should look at what someone is doing rather than what they are…

Rousting the Book Pirates From Google
August 31, 2015 at 2:43 pm

Google Play has been criticized as a sort of vast and unruly garden compared with Apple’s impeccably mowed lawns. In Forbes recently, Erik Kain called Google Play “an ugly, poorly organized store filled with myriad knockoffs, dubious ‘games’ and other apps.” That sounds a bit harsh to the Haggler, a Google Play regular who has…