Traditional Sales

Trade Publishers See First Sales Growth of 2015
November 10, 2015 at 2:44 pm

According to the Association of American Publishers (AAP), July was a strong month for trade publishers. In its Monthly StatShot report, the AAP reported that sales grew .3% in the trade market from January to July 2015 -- the first increase in trade sales this year. Driving that growth were double-digit increases in adult, children/YA,…

Declining E-book Sales Hit Home
November 6, 2015

Softening sales for digital books have impacted the bottom lines at HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, according to both companies' recent earnings reports.

Amazon Opens Bookstore in Seattle
November 3, 2015 at 1:13 pm

The opening of's first brick-and-mortar store on Tuesday proves that software is not really "eating the world," as venture capitalist Marc Andreessen put it in 2011. In his widely noted Wall Street Journal column about predatory software, Andreessen wrote: Today, the world's largest bookseller, Amazon, is a software company -- its core capability is its amazing software…

Nielsen Values Indian Publishing at $3.9 Billion
October 21, 2015 at 2:16 pm

The India Book Market Report released by Nielsen at Frankfurt Book Fair last week values the print book market in India, including book imports, at $3.9 billion. This positions India among the largest English-language book markets in the world. The compound annual growth rate of the market is 20.4% between 2011-12 and 2014-15, according to…

To Defy Amazon, Kinokuniya Plans to Monopolize More Titles
October 5, 2015 at 12:15 pm

In the wake of the positive response to its direct purchase of Haruki Murakami’s latest book, reports that the Japanese bookstore chain Kinokuniya “plans to increase direct purchases of books from publishers – as opposed to the conventional practice of buying them through wholesale booksellers.” As we reported last month, Kinokuniya purchased 90,000 copies…

Using Technology to Boost Bookstores
October 5, 2015 at 11:36 am

Technology and innovation probably aren’t the words that come to mind when you think about your local grocery store. Bar code scanners in the 1970s were probably the last recent advancement in the grocery store industry. As you’ll see in this article, however, at least one grocery chain is leveraging a new form of technology…

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…