BOOKS!...2008-2010…Unit and $ Sales Were Up
New York, NY. May 30, 2011. A new study by the American Association of Publishers (AAP) and the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) released an encouraging report on book sales at the BEA conference in New York. The report, administered by Bowker, said that unit sales and dollar sales were up between 2008 and 2010. The results came from input form 1,100 publishers on their sales for the three year period. The strongest gains came from small and medium size publishers. Sales at the largest publishers showed gains, but smaller gains. Some of the strongest gains during the period came from the Children’s and YA categories. Weaker areas were noted in the sales of Adult Non Fiction.The survey also confirmed the strength of e-books, and noted that e-book readers are increasing their spending on books. About 43% of e-book buyers said they increased their spending on hardcovers.
DPI Customer WORKMAN PUBLISHING Committed To “Books”!
New York, NY, May 30, 2011. Workman Publishing of NYC, a key Dickinson customer, commented recently at the large book industry show about its commitment to the physical book. Workman’s Group Publisher Bob Miller estimated that 80% of Workman’s titles are not compatible to e-books at the present time. The comments were made at BEA, and annual industry wide book show in New York. Mr. Miller said that Workman is supplying book stores with exclusive content in the form of gift books, heavily illustrated books, pop-up books, etc. These book forms are not ideally suited to e-readers.
Book Growth Continues!
New York, NY – May 25, 2011. The Association of American Publishers released book sales for the month of March 2011. The numbers show the book market grew along with the continued significant growth of e-books. E-books grew in March at a rate of 146%. Most hurt by the e-book growth are the book categories of Adult and Y/A Paperback and Hardcover. These categories are all down year-to-date. Also hurt by e-books is the Mass Market category. One positive category is the growth in the Religious category, which continues to rebound from a couple of slow years in 2009 and 2010. Year-to-date Religious books are up 13.7%. In March, the category jump with a growth rate of 27%.
Printed Books Struggle As e-books Grow.
New York, NY – April 18, 2011 – Two separate reports have demonstrated the impact e-books are having on the printed book.
In their monthly report, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) said that sales from 20 leading publishers were down significantly in five trade segments of adult hardcover, trade paperback, mass market paperback, Children’s/YA hardcover and paperback. AAP’s survey showed that e-books had grown 169% in the first two months of 2011 when compared to the same time period of 2010. Reversing a trend from the past couple of years, the Religious book segment was the only printed book category that has shown growth this year. Religious books have grown 6% year-to-date through February.
Nielsen BookScan, which measures unit books sales, showed similar results for their first quarter report. The BookScan report claims to capture 75% of unit sales through different retail and online sales channels. Unit sales of books in the first quarter dropped 9%. Similar to AAP, BookScan found the largest drops was in the adult fiction category, where units sold were down 18%.
March 22, 2011, New York, NY. The Association of American Publishers (AAP) has reported book sales for the month of January 2011. Total sales decreased slightly from 2010 at a rate of -1.9%. The Adult Segments were hurt the most. Adult Hardcover and Adult Paperback decreased by -11.3% and -19.7% respectively. Additionally, the Adult Mass Market declined -30.9%. Various studies have shown that the Adult segments have been the categories most hurt by the growth of e-books. E-books continued very strong growth with an increase in January of 115.8% versus January of 2010. Children’s categories also saw decreases as did the Higher Education categories and K-12.
Growth in the book market, besides e-books, came from Downloadable Audio Books and Professional books. The Religious segment grew 5.6% in January.
CPSC Extends Stay.
Washington, D.C. – February 2, 2011. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted to extend the stay of enforcement of testing and certification of lead content in children’s products (except for metal components of children’s metal jewelry) until December 31, 2011. After December 31, manufacturers and importers of children’s products (to include books) that are subject to lead content limit must have the appropriate certificates that indicate that their products have been tested by a CPSC-approved third party laboratory, in order to qualify to be sold in the U.S.
Between now and December 31, manufacturers, importers of children’s products must continue to comply with the federal restrictions for total lead content. The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) requires that all children’s products have no more than 300 parts per million (ppm) of lead content. That limit will drop to 100 ppm on August 14, 2011.
DIGITAL BOOKMAKING AND DISTRIBUTION OPEN HOUSE Elizabethton, TN. February 7, 2011. Dickinson Press, Snowfall Press and STL Distribution (The Alliance) are holding an open house for a state of art digital bookmaking facility in Elizabethton, Tennessee on Wednesday, March 2, 2011. The event will be from 12:00-3:00 pm and lunch will be provided. The event will also include an opportunity to tour the STL Distribution facility.
The print-to-order facility will be housed in STL Distribution’s facility, which is the world’s largest dedicated Christian book distribution center. Thousands of titles will be digitally stored, virtually always in stock, and continuously ready for immediate printing – one at a time if desired. The bookmaking system will enable complete automation from the uploading of files, to pre-flighting, to printing, binding and shipping
The alliance will provide significant benefits to publishers and retailers. STL’s ability to virtually carry all inventories (not just best-selling titles) will open up the opportunity for incremental revenue, and end “out-of-stock” books by immediately printing whatever is ordered. It will also allow niche titles and out of print books to be readily available with quick turn-around from files to book shipment. The opportunity has never been greater for publishers, considering the services provided by this state of the art bookmaking facility.
BOOK UNIT SALES FELL IN 2010
January 19, 2011. The total number of books sold in 2010 fell by 4.5% according to a report by Nielsen BookScan. Some of the decline in printed book sales was offset by a large increase in e-books. However, it is doubtful the e-book increase was enough to offset the decline of print. The largest decline was in adult fiction, which is apparently the best segment for e-books. The BookScan report also noticed a large decrease in audio books of 9.8%. This is another category that has migrated to e-books. Mass market paperbacks such as romance and mystery, also were hurt by the growth of e-books.
BOOK SALES TRENDS
December 28, 2010. E-books continue to grow in numbers of books sold and in share of market. In a recent analysis of consumer book buying behavior by Bowker’s Pub Track Consumer Service, e-books were found to have 4.2% market share. This compares to just 1.7% near the end of 2009. Most of the market share came at the expense of the mass market segment. Trade paperbacks, however, seem to have held up well with the competitive e-books. The trade paperbacks maintained their 36.2% market share.
The U.S. Census Bureau also tracks book sales. They found bookstore sales were down in October by 2.5%. Year to date, the Census Bureau is reporting bookstore sales down 2.5%. Retail sales in general rose 5.7% in October.
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