PRINT BOOK SALES UP 1%
July 7, 2014. New York, NY. Nielsen BookScan reports sales of both hardcovers and trade paperbacks, the industry’s two largest print categories, were up 2% in the first six months of 2014. Hardcover books led the way with a 17% increase. Paperbacks continued to decline with a decrease of 12% so far this year. The juvenile segment was the leader in print sales with a 14% increase in juvenile fiction. These categories were helped by titles such as the Divergent trilogy and The Fault In Our Stars. Retail and club channel sales, with 81% of the market, increased 2%, while mass merchandisers decline 3%.
BOOKSTORE SALES CONTINUE SLUMP
June 16, 2014. Washington, D.C. Sales at bookstores continue their downward trend in April according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Sales were down 1.3% in April compared to April of 2103. Sales for the first four months of 2014 are down 8.8%.
DICKINSON DIGITAL CUSTOMER WINS AWARD
Diamond DMT Publishing, a Dickinson Press/dp digital customer won the Annual Zulon Press Christian Awards for 2014 for its title “God Speaks”. Sponsored by Xulon Press, the Christian Writers Award recognizes preeminent new Christian authors who are independently published.
Congratulations Diamond DMT Publishing for excellent work and writing on “God Speaks”!
BOOK SALES HOPING FOR SPRING THAW
New York, NY. March 17, 2014. Nielsen BookScan’s latest survey reports book sales fell by 9% at mass merchandisers in the first 10 weeks of 2014 when compared to the same period in 2013. The only good news in these findings is that most survey respondents feel the decline relates mostly to one-time events rather than with a long term trend. Severe weather throughout the nation during this period was the top reason given by the large retailers. Responses also included a lack of new titles by big name authors. Also, some retailers pointed to a cut in space for books compared to other merchandise.
BOOK SALES FALL IN JANUARY
Washington, D.C. March 17, 2014. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that bookstore sales fell in January by 6.9% from January 2013. Most stores reported lower consumer traffic as a result of severe weather throughout the country.
BOOKSTORE SALES FALL IN 2012.
Washington D.C., November, 19,2012. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, bookstores sales have fallen by 1.6% in the first nine months of 2012. The decrease was even steeper for the month of September with a decrease in sales at brick and mortar bookstores of 8.2%. Last September (2011) was the final month of the going-out-of-business sales for Borders bookstores. No doubt, on-line purchases have had its impact on bookstore sales.
KINDLE’S SHARE CONTINUES TO GROW
November 12, 2012. New York, New York. In spite of growing options in the numbers of e-readers, consumers continue to favor Amazon’s Kindle e-reader. The Kindle accounted for 55% of e-reading in the first half of 2012 according to another report from Bowker Market Research. This indicates a growing market share for Amazon. Apple’s share with the iPad accounted for 15%. Although some books are read on iPhones, this is shrinking. Barnes & Noble’s Nook readers had a 14% share of market. As more and more e-reading devices are being used, fewer and fewer books are being read on computers.
SELF PUBLISHING GROWING AT TRIPLE DIGITAL RATES
New York, NY. October 29, 2012.
Bowker has released a new report with information showing the rate of growth for self-publishing in 2011 at 287%. Total new titles 235,625 in 2011. The self-publishing new titles accounted for 43% of the year’s total traditional print output. Printed books accounted for 63% of the self-publishing titles, while e-books accounted for the balance.
Self-publishing has been considered a small “cottage” industry, but because of its growth it is gaining the attention of some large publishing firms. Many larger/traditional publishers now have self-publishing strategies. Many of the self-publishing titles are by a single author who have written one book. However, many self-publishers are those with 10 or fewer titles. They accounted for over 30,000 titles in 2011.
BOOK BUYERS – SHOPPERS vs BUYERS
September 17, 2012. New York, NY. Book buyers who shop at a brick-and-mortar book store are more likely to buy a book on impulse than they are if they shop online. Bowker’s study, “2012 U.S. Book Consumer Demographics & Buying Behaviors Annual Review” found 27% of book buyers bought a book on impulse at a retail store. This was more than double the 12% of the impulse buying rate for those who bought online. Forty-two percent of online shoppers said they bought the specific book they were looking for, which is down slightly from 44% in the previous year.
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