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Apple Celebrates Another Big Quarter

Apple reported fiscal fourth quarter results after the close of the market on Monday, with a strong launch of the new iPhones moving over 39 million units and taking company sales to $42 billion for the quarter, up 12 percent compared to a year ago. iPad sales declined 13 percent…

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Trade Stays Flat As Children's Sales Remain Strong

The AAP released monthly sales statistics for both April and May, confirming a trend of flat overall trade sales propped up by a few children's/YA market hits. Total trade sales for $491 million in April (up $4 million from a year ago) and $525 million in May (up $2 million).…

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Digital Briefs: Kobo In Holland, Public Radio/TV eBook Premiums, and More

Kobo has had a Dutch ebookstore since early 2012, launched in cooperation with local retailer Libris Blz, and now they have partnered with Bol.com, "the largest provider of ebooks in the Netherlands and Belgium." BookShout has an agreement with premium supplier Forest Incentives that will enable public radio and TV…

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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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