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BEA Launches and Relaunches: Next Big Book (Data); Bookperk Redux; Mediander; New Strategies from Electric Lit and Coffee House Press

Music data start-up Next Big Sound has launched their second product, Next Big Book -- promising to "analyze social, sales, and marketing signals to help you make smarter, braver decisions." The "big data" service puts information from social networks as well as publicity triggers and author events together with public…

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Divergent Leads Trade to Strong January

Trade sales as reported to the AAP by approximately 1,200 publishers were solid in January 2014, driven by strong sales of Veronica Roth's Divergent trilogy and steady performance across the board. Total trade sales of $506 million were up 12 percent (or $54 million) compared to the same month a…

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Google Play Continues Growth

Google reported first quarter earnings Wednesday afternoon that were somewhat short of analysts' expectations on both sales and earnings. Our narrow interest in their earnings reports remains the hints regarding their expanding Play store. The category that includes Play results -- "other revenues" -- was up 48 percent compared to…

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A Strong Finish for Trade, Even with eBook Decline, As Every Other Major Publishing Segment Rises In 2013

Trade publishing finished 2013 with two strong months of sales, according to the publishers who report to the AAP, closing the gap to put full-year trade sales a little shy of the big 2012 results. Measured sales from the approximately 1,200 reporting publishers were $6.441 billion for 2013, down by…

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Some Hints on UK eBook and Self-Published Sales

In London, Nielsen presented 2013 data about the UK market from their Books & Consumers surveys at their annual conference. (They survey approximately 3,000 book buyers per month. Surveys are different from Nielsen Bookscan's direct point-of-sale data, so bear that in mind when reading about these results.) They estimate based…

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Context: Looking Across Amazon, Google Play, iTunes and More

Most publishing-focused media is looking solely at Amazon's fourth quarter earnings report from yesterday, but Google also reported earnings Thursday evening. The search giant's sales and profits both rose 17 percent. Their sales are smaller than Amazon's (about $17 billion, versus $25.5 billion) -- but they had profits of over…

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eBook Sales Grew Less for Biggest UK Publishers, Too

The Bookseller elicited some 2013 ebook sales information from the UK's five largest trade publishers. The article shares only partial data points, but it seems to reflect what we have seen more clearly in data from a much larger group of publishers in the US -- that growth in marketwide…

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The Truth About 2013's Top 100 Books: Not A Single, Self-Published Title

In today's fragmented world of incomplete sales data -- largely because we do not have any public disclosure of ebook unit sales on a title-level basis -- USA Today's annual list of the top 100 bestsellers performs a more important function than ever. That's because they are the only compiler…

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Trade Sales Show A Lift In Fall, But eBooks Remain Down Slightly for 2013

The AAP reported monthly sales data for September and October of 2013, showing modest gains versus a year ago when you combine the two months. Total sales first showed year-over-year gains in August, after 10 consecutive months of flat or declining numbers. September trade sales gained 7.5 percent, up $47.5…

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Soft Holiday Sales for Barnes & Noble Are Still An "Improvement" As Digital Content Falls Again

Barnes & Noble followed up their weak second quarter sales report with some improvement over the following 9-week holiday sales period (through December 28): Same-store sales at the BN superstores and BN.com declined 6.6 percent overall, and 5.5 percent on a comparable-sales basis, at $1.1 billion. But nearly all of…

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