Barnes & Nobles Book Sales

New York, NY, July 8, 2010.  Barnes & Noble said that physical books will continue to be the majority of its sales at least through 2015.  The company said it is also investing in electronics and technology to make the transition from a book seller to more e-commerce business. During this period, B&N expects retails sales to drop from the current 90% to 70%.  This drop would be offset by the sales of e-books and e-readers.  B&N also said that it has no intention of totally leaving the retail market by selling through stores.  They believe the combination of on-line selling and actual stores provides a distinct competitive advantage in the book business. 

Book Sales

Book Sales Show Aggressive Growth

New York, NY, June 16, 2010 – Book sales in April, as tracked by the Association of American Publishers (AAP), grew by 24.8% for the month.  Year-to-date book sales have increased 11.8% versus 2009.  This is great news for our industry.  The growth was helped most by the Adult Hardcover and Paperback sales.  Audio books and e-books also had strong growth as did Higher Education.  Areas that were down were Adult Mass Market and Hardcover Children/YA.  Religious books had their best month with growth of 19.3% in April.  Year-to-date, the religious segment is now in the positive with growth of 1.3% compared to last year.



E-reading Devices Continue to Grow

May 14, 2010.  New York, NY. – A new study shows the use of e-reading devices will continue to grow.  Boston Consulting Group (BSG) has released the findings of a new study on e-readers such as the Kindle and iPad.  The study, which surveyed 13,000 consumers in 14 countries, says 50% of those surveyed plan to purchase an e-reader within three years.  If this happens, it would indicate the devices have moved more main-stream.  According to the survey, consumers clearly want to do more than just read with these devices.  Most would prefer to buy a multipurpose device.  The survey suggest that Apple’s strategy of offering a wide degree of functionality makes sense.  However, mass acceptance of e-readers is not guaranteed unless the price drops to around $200.  This is far below the $499 entry price of the iPad.



ECPA reports book sales increase

Phoenix, Arizona.  Here’s some good news from the Evangelical Christian Publisher’s Association (ECPA).  Christian publishers are reporting increased book sales for the first quarter of 2010.  This is the first time this group has seen a year-over-year increase in more than a year.  The net sales increase (sales less returns) were up 2% for the quarter when compared to the same period in 2009.  ECPA President Mark Kuyper says "this news is a welcome sign that we may be seeing the end of a very difficult economic climate that has had a major impact on Christian publishing.  While publishers will need to continue to work toward changes necessary in a new media world, an upward trend in traditional book sales shows the continuing demand from consumers for Christian content."



American Paper & Forest Asso.

New York – The American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA) announced that a record-high 63.4 percent of paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling 2009.  This is good news for the industry and the environment, and exceeds the industry’s 60 percent recovery goal three years ahead of schedule.  Innovative paper recycling programs winners of the AF&PA Recycling Award program were also announced.  For the full article, go to 

2010 ECPA Cover Design Awards

DPI To Sponsor 2010 ECPA Cover Design Awards.

    Dickinson Press has again joined together with The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) to sponsor the annual ECPA Book Cover Awards.  The organizations began the ECPA | dp Book Cover Award program in 2007 to educate, promote and recognize superior cover design in the Christian publishing industry.  The program is built on the Dickinson Press funded foundational research of the Research Institute for Social Change [RISC] which measures consumer buying motivations and expands on the direct relationship between cover design and book purchase decisions by consumers.   More specific information will be announced in the near future. To view winners of the 2009 ECPA | dp Book Cover Awards program, go to


2010 Off to a Good Start

2010 Off To A Good Start!

The U.S. Census Bureau reported January bookstore sales rose 2% when compared to 2009.  These results included sales from college bookstores as well as trade stores.


Book Sales 2009

March 10, 2010.  Here is another look at how the book industry finished in 2009.  The Census Bureau apparently keeps track of book store sales in dollars.  Book store sales were down 0.8% in 2009 when compared to 2008.  This is a little surprising given 2008 was not a good year, finishing 1.8% below 2007.  More importantly, the fourth quarter of 2009 lagged behind 2008’s fourth quarter when the recession was at one of its toughest stages.  While most might have thought the economy was in some sort of recovery in Q4 2009, apparently that was not the case for books at the retail level. 

E-Books How Big Will They Get?

E-Books.  How big will they get?

March 1, 2010.  Will e-books (aka Kindle, I-Pad, etc) take over the book market?  We saw this quote in a recent issue of Publishers Weekly.  At the fifth annual American Booksellers Association (ABA) Winter Institute, ABA COO Len Vlahos said, “We at ABA happen to agree with Dan Clancy (Mr. Clancy is the Google Books director) that e-reading devices are not going to be what people read on.  In three years time, e-books will be 10% of the market.”



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