Traditional Sales

U.S. Book Sales Fall in First Five Months of 2015
September 1, 2015 at 2:44 pm

Book sales of traditionally published books in the US fell by almost 6% in the first five months of this year, compared to the same period the year before. Overall sales for trade fiction and non-fiction, children, higher education, professional and university presses were down 5.8% from January to May 2015 to $4bn, compared to…

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…

The State of U.S. Illustrated Book Publishing
August 20, 2015 at 4:18 pm

How much more likely are you to pick a book off a shelf or table if it is beautiful? If the cover appeals to you? Or better yet, if the whole physical package grabs your attention? The jacket may feature a spot gloss title on a matte finish or have no jacket or even a…

'Times' Exposé of Amazon Workplace Draws Gov't Attention
August 19, 2015 at 1:00 am

This weekend's damning 'New York Times' article painting Amazon as a "bruising workplace" continues to draw attention, this time from the government. According to the AP, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi has assured the public that the company will be complying with various labor standards.

Hummingbird Offering E-book Retailing Option
August 14, 2015 at 1:00 am

Hummingbird Digital Media is the latest company to try to develop a system that will allow booksellers to sell e-books and digital audio directly to consumers.

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),…

Barnes & Noble Stops Paying Marketplace Sellers
August 10, 2015 at 4:02 pm

Barnes & Noble has stopped paying some of its marketplace sellers, who said they have been unable to get information from the company about when payments will resume. The problem appears to be related to a 2-week outage of the marketplace section after Barnes & Noble relaunched its website in late June - sellers say…

Why That Ebook May Cost More Than The Hardcover
August 10, 2015 at 3:59 pm

Mike Shatzkin’s column of August 5 may be the one in which we someday remember hearing a new sermon, the beginning of the endgame. But Shatzkin is not delivering a benediction yet: This is not a death-knell for anybody. This is a changing world for everybody. His essay is The publishing world is changing, but there…

Barnes and Noble Education Spins Off, Looks for Growth in Digital Textbooks, Colleges
August 4, 2015 at 5:14 pm

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Barnes and Noble Education (BNED) rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange after officially spinning-off from its parent company, Barnes and Noble  (BKS - Get Report). Executive chairman, Michael Huseby spoke with TheStreet about what will change now that the education division is a publically traded company. Formerly the Barnes…