Traditional Sales

If You Were Amazon, Would You Open Stores in Dying American Malls?
June 16, 2016 at 1:38 pm

The news from American malls just keeps getting worse, with long-time anchor stores Macy’s, JCPenney, and Sears reporting ongoing closings and bad results. Yet, we heard a leak earlier this year from General Growth Properties, one of the largest mall operators, that Amazon might be opening 400 mall stores. They quickly retracted this leak, but…

Translated Fiction Sells Better in the UK than English Fiction, Research Finds
May 10, 2016 at 10:19 am

Translated literary fiction is selling better on average in the UK than literary fiction originally written in English, according to new research, with authors including Elena Ferrante, Haruki Murakami and Karl Ove Knausgaard driving a boom in sales. Though fiction in translation accounts for just 3.5%…

With Online Book Sales, Time is of The Essence
May 10, 2016 at 7:00 am

Now is better than later because later might never come. Among the many tragic losses related to the above wisdom, one of the most trivial revolves around the topic of shopping behavior. (Apologies to the Maharishi inside us all.) And this matters a great deal in the world of books, where we know from our…

E-book Sales Decline Continues
May 6, 2016

First quarter financial reports from three of the country's largest trade publishers revealed a continuing decline in e-book sales.

Team Publishing Startup Booktrope to Shut Down, Citing Revenue Shortfall
May 2, 2016 at 12:20 pm

Booktrope plans to go out of business at the end of May, bringing an end to its “team publishing” platform used by ad hoc groups of authors, editors, marketers and designers to create and market print books and ebooks. The Seattle startup, which went through the prestigious Y Combinator accelerator program, announced the news Friday…

There's No One Way to Sell an E-book
April 1, 2016

A survey of independent digital-first publishers reveals a wide array of growth strategies, including starting a print program.