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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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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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