Online Sales

To Defy Amazon, Japanese Bookseller Corners the Market on New Murakami
August 26, 2015 at 1:45 pm

Kinokuniya, the largest bookstore chain in Japan, has announced that it will snap up 90% of initial print run of Haruki Murakami’s latest title to sell at brick-and-mortar stores and make sure that customers who want to purchase the book will have to go to an actual physical bookstore. It is a move largely seen as…

Authors United Pulls the Trigger, Requests DoJ Investigate Amazon
August 21, 2015 at 2:52 pm

Authors United has finally followed through on the promise they made last fall. The WSJ reported yesterday that AU has formally requested that the US Dept of Justice investigate Amazon for antitrust violations: A group of prominent authors says Inc. has “unprecedented power” over the book publishing market and wants the U.S. Department of Justice…

Pricey Textbooks Lead Education Publishers to Expand Digital Offerings
August 19, 2015 at 5:52 pm

The high cost of tuition gets a lot of attention, but any college student can attest that buying textbooks is no small expense. Print textbook prices have soared 82 percent in the last decade alone, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Yet students like Connelly are saving money through online marketplaces for used, new, rental or electronic…

Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace
August 18, 2015 at 4:22 pm

Even as the company tests delivery by drone and ways to restock toilet paper at the push of a bathroom button, it is conducting a little-known experiment in how far it can push white-collar workers, redrawing the boundaries of what is acceptable. The company, founded and still run by Jeff Bezos, rejects many of the…

How “The Girl on the Train” Became a Runaway Success
August 13, 2015 at 5:08 pm

The Girl on the Train is the bullet train of books. But what catapulted the book into New York Times bestseller status so quickly? What made it the kind of debut book sales story the industry sees only every few years? With the book passing the epic 3 million copies sold milestone, we thought it…

The State of a Genre Title, 2015
August 12, 2015 at 5:19 pm

Eighteen months ago, as Redshirts moved from its hardcover era into trade paperback, I did an examination of its sales to the point, across all its formats, and chatted about what its sales meant, or didn’t mean, and what we could learn from the numbers. Last week, Lock In, my most recent novel (until tomorrow),…

Amazon’s Next Big Challenge: Getting You to Buy Stuff You Didn’t Know You Wanted
August 11, 2015 at 5:44 pm

Amazon wants to be a startup’s best friend. But it may have to make big changes to fulfill that promise. Late last month, Amazon unveiled a new online storefront dubbed Amazon Launchpad, where new products from startups and Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns are for sale. Shoppers will find new twists on familiar items such as…

Can Technology Replicate Word-of-Mouth Book Marketing?
August 4, 2015 at 5:27 pm

“Word of mouth” is one of the hottest terms in marketing. Nothing works better than a personal recommendation from someone you trust. Every marketing expert loves — and wants — business through word-of-mouth, but nobody has figured out the perfect way to automate and digitalize this vital tool. At Written Word Media, a company that…

PRH Sells Bookworld to Booktopia
August 3, 2015 at 1:59 pm

Penguin Random House Australia has sold its online book retailer Bookworld to Booktopia, bringing together Australia’s two largest online book businesses. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Booktopia, which will this year reach AUS$90m in sales according to its c.e.o., expects to take operational control of Bookworld in mid-August.