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Batman Beats Back Kindle Unlimited

Yes, you read that correctly. For the first day since we starting monitoring the effect on Kindle Unlimited titles on Amazon Kindle's So-Called Bestseller List, the number of KU titles on the top 100 declined modestly, now accounting for 38 titles. But Batman related books have stormed the list, taking…

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Roth and Green Drive Trade Sales Growth In First Quarter

The AAP has released sales statistics for both February and March 2014, showing overall trade sales of $1.414 billion, rising 7 percent compared to a year ago, up $92 million. All of the market growth and then some (another $6.5 million to be exact) is due to children's/YA books, thanks…

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BookStats Show eBook Unit Sales Rose, Even As Revenue Fell

Almost 3 months ago we had the annual industry statistics from the AAP for 2013, providing the basic narrative for book publisher revenue last year: Actual measured trade sales were $6.44 billion, down by 1 percent from the banner 2012, driven by a strong finish in November and December. Trade…

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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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Fiction Leads Rebound in Pre-LBF Dealmaking

As promised on Friday, we now have complete comparison statistics on the pre-London Book Fair dealmaking. Overall deal volume in the five weeks prior to the international fair (through the Friday before the event) has continued its growth for the second year in a row. Deals with US print publishers…

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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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Canadian Physical Book Market Dips in 2013

BookNet Canada released its annual Canadian Book Market report, which tracks English-language print book sales across more than 50 categories. Despite the obvious disclaimer that by not tracking ebook sales or online sales of print books, "the overall book market may be healthier than reflected," the full report, which is…

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The Truth About eBook Sales (Part 2): The Market Is Flat, and Self-Publishing Isn't Big Enough to Change That

This is the follow-up post to Friday's examination of The Discussion Over "Author Earnings." Let's use this opportunity to speak clearly about what we do know about the ebook sales landscape, since there is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about the data that's available. The worst meme around is…

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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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