Traditional Sales

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.

3 Independent Book Publishing Trends to Watch in 2016
March 18, 2016 at 1:54 pm

On February 25th Book Business hosted a webinar titled “Trends for 2016: The Future of Books in the New Year,” which asked experts from the Book Industry Study Group, the Book Manufacturers Institute, and the Independent Book Publishers Association to share their perspectives on the industry and the major trends that will drive its future…

The Bookstore of the Future Is Here Today
March 15, 2016 at 8:00 am

I have finally come across the bookstore concept for the future and it’s not coming from Amazon or Barnes & Noble with their cross-channel pipe dreams. It’s Shakespeare and Co., which opened under new ownership in November 2015 and currently operates one store in the Upper East Side of New York, with more planned for…

Amazon's Bookstores Should Be Celebrated, Not Feared
February 26, 2016 at 3:22 pm

The view of Amazon from the wider literary world has become increasingly poisonous, to the extent that people have responded with grave concern because the Evil Empire is now … opening bookstores! Is this what we’ve come to, that the opening of new bookstores is something to be feared? Yes – because apparently Amazon will…

B&N & Amazon Take Steps to Reinvent the Bookstore
February 25, 2016 at 3:11 pm

On Tuesday, Barnes & Noble CEO Ron Boire announced at the eTail West conference that B&N will be launching a long-rumored prototype store this year. Though Boire did not reveal the exact launch date or location of this store, he did say that the goal of the store would be to bridge the digital and…

Selling Books in a World Without Bookstores
February 16, 2016 at 9:39 am

Let’s pretend for a moment that there are no bookstores and as publishers we still need to sell books. How are we going to do that? For starters, let’s take a look at the recent trends for physical bookstore sales. There was welcome relief this year that sales at physical stores have stabilized, although I…