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Amazon Changes Third-Party Seller Rules

Amazon instituted new selling and shipping rules for third party media sellers that will increase the fees reaped by the etailer, and effectively end of the economic viability of selling so-called "penny books" on the site. As of March 1, 2017, the fees for selling media products, including books, will rise…

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Goodreads Enters eMail Deals Business

One tried and true digital marketing tool (for now, at least) is email deal newsletters, and now Goodreads is joining the game. Goodreads Deals will alert site members when an ebook on their "want to read" list or an author they follow is discounted. They are also offering daily deals email…

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Quantifying Nook's Decline, and More

As Barnes & Noble ceo Ron Boire first announced in Thursday's investor call, Nook UK will shut down on March 15, and customers are being are transferred to Sainsbury's Entertainment on Demand. Nook explained the transitions to customers online. The same date is when Nook told customers they will stop selling…

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New Insights on eBook Unit Sales from Nielsen

At Book Expo America last week, Nielsen svp global managing director Jonathan Stolper presented some data from across Nielsen’s tracking services, including — for the first time — ebook data from PubTrack Digital. Because of misunderstandings about how various industry data views are compiled, you may have encountered some confused…

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November AAP Sales Down Again On Weak Hardcover Shipments

After a surprisingly positive October 2014 sales report, the AAP's statistics for November returned to the pattern that they have followed for most of the year: Adult sales declined almost 8 percent, down $37 million to $442 million, as children's rose, up $23.6 million to $190.6 million. The real weakness…

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Real Data On Print Sales In the eBook Era -- And the eBook Plateau

With overall ebook sales for most publishers at a point of stasis for now, the Digital Book World conference commissioned Jonathan Nowell at Nielsen Book to provide a closer look at how the rise of ebooks has affected what sells in print form. A number of Nielsen's data points stand…

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People, Etc.: ICM to Represent Crichton

ICM is now representing rights to "the majority of titles" written by the late Michael Crichton (including most of his best-known novels, with the exception of Jurassic Park). Sloan Harris and Jennifer Joel will lead representation on the literary side, and the agency says it will "work closely with Sherri…

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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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