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Finally, First Quarter Statistics from the AAP

We've already had complete views on the first six months of 2016 from the publishers and retailers that report publicly, and now, almost six months after the fact, the AAP has issued their publisher-reported data for the month of March and the first quarter of the year. Per our detailed analysis…

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People, Awards, Etc.

Katie Grinch has been promoted to associate director of publicity at Putnam. Morgan Amer will join Chronicle as trade sales coordinator on September 13. She was an assistant manager at Ryland Peters & Small. Author of the Llama Llama children's books Anna Dewdney, 50, died on Saturday of brain cancer. Forthcoming Scribner will issue a collection of…

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AAP February Report Shows Consistent Digital Drop, Higher Returns

The AAP reported their monthly StatShot statistics for February. Per our long look at the reliability of these monthly tabulations, our monthly focus will be on the digital data. Adult ebook sales of $88 million were down $16.3 million compared to a year ago; children's ebook sales were $8.1 million, down from…

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Briefs: Johnson's Book on Shakespeare Delayed or Cancelled, and More

Newly appointed UK foreign secretary and Brexit campaign leader Boris Johnson's forthcoming book on Shakespeare, scheduled for release on November 15 from Hodder & Stoughton and Riverhead, will not be published this year, and may not be published at all according to the Daily Mail. They report Johnson "is believed…

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A Magical Mystical Journey Statistical: Do AAP Monthlies Tell Us Anything Useful?

When reporting on the recent AAP trade publishing statistics for January, we raised the question of why AAP data was so out of alignment with Nielsen Bookscan data for the same month. The AAP report looked like terrible news. Even leaving aside declining ebook sales and looking at "print only"…

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It Was A Poor January for AAP Publishers

The AAP released a belated StatShot report with sales statistics from their roughly 1,200 reporting publishers for the month of January 2016. (Yes, the AAP is about two months behind their normal schedule for these monthly reports.) Their data shows a weak start to 2016 for the reporting group, with…

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The Rest of Publishing: Education Declined, While Other Markets Were Flat

Following yesterday's report on the AAP's trade sales data for 2015, we take a broader look at the other book publishing segments also charted by the organizations. The two big educational markets both got smaller in 2015: Higher ed sales declined 7 percent to $4.078 billion (down from $4.396 billion in…

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Numbers In Context: AAP Trends

As we tried the explain, the year-end sales numbers from the AAP are a work-in-progress rather than the final word, subject to revision over the coming year. Our understanding of the 2014's trade sales just changed, dropping by one percent. So we have compiled some numbers that provide a broader…

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AAP Statistics Show Flat December, Slight Gains for 2015 -- With eBook Falloff Continuing

The AAP released sales statistics for December and full-year 2015. For the final month of the year, trade sales were just below flat -- down less than $1 million, to $585.5 million. Adult sales fell $11 million, while children's and YA sales grew by the same amount. Among adult book…

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London Book Fair Deal Trends: Fewer Big Bets, With Children's Ahead and Nonfiction Down

With the Bologna Book Fair over and the London Book Fair set to begin next Tuesday, April 12, it's time for our first review of dealmaking trends (with an update Tuesday morning). Total domestic deals in the five weeks prior to LBF (starting March 7) are down modestly right now…

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