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Kobo Shares Examples of Reader Data Analysis

Kobo has released a white paper designed to show publishers and authors how reader data that platforms like Kobo compile "can actually help publishers unlock previously hidden equity within their publishing lists and inform decisions on which authors and franchises to invest in, which ones are running out of steam,…

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Growth Moderates for ISBN-Carrying Self-Published Books

Bowker has issued a new six-year overview of self-publishing output, prepared in conjunction with their sister company Proquest. While the report provides more robust counts of self-published books annually than the numbers found in Bowker's regularly, yearly looks at newly published books, there is still one big flaw in using…

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Strong Final Week Puts Pre-Frankfurt Dealmaking Up 12 Percent

With a very strong week of deal reports, our updated counts of pre-Frankfurt dealmaking activity now show 2014 surpassing what was a strong 2013 by a good margin. For October 1 through October 7 we logged 192 US deals, compared to 118 in the same period a year ago. So…

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Dealmaking Is Strong and Steady Heading Into Frankfurt

Ahead of the Frankfurt Book Fair next week, it's time for our annual look at pre-fair dealmaking trends. As usual, this version covers domestic (US) deal reports for September 1 through September 30, and we'll append a short update next week to factor in October 1 through October 7. A…

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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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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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