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DBW Author Survey: Whether Traditional or Indie Published, the Windfall is Low

In conjunction with last week's big Digital Book World Conference, DBW.com released their latest author survey in conjunction with Writers Digest, The Author-Publisher Relationship In a Changing Market, with analysis by Dana Beth Weinberg. This year's report takes a fresh approach, focusing on "different modes of publishing based on allocation of risk and distribution…

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Adult Frontlist Picks Up, Children's Sales Strong in October

After a significantly negative turn in September, trade sales measured by the AAP fared more positively in October. Total trade sales of $757.5 million were up $83 million (or 11 percent), compared to $674 million a year ago. Adult sales, which have been soft all year, rebounded in October, up…

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KDP Fund Nudges Up Again

After growing public disappointment from at least some authors with the effect of the Kindle Unlimited subscription program on the marketplace for self-published books, Amazon provided authors with a slight improvement on the economics for November. They added a "bonus" of $3.5 million to fund that self-published authors share, for a total…

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Weak Adult Frontlist Turns Trade Stats Negative In September

Trade sales as measured by the AAP turned significantly negative for the first time all year in September, ratifying concerns that the lack of new breakout hits might weigh on consumer traffic and sales during the most important months of the year. Total trade sales of $618 million were down…

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Children's/YA Sales Drive Sales Again In August

The AAP released their monthly Stat Shot statistics from approximately 1,200 reporting publishers for August, with sales remaining true to the pattern from all of 2014: Strong children's/YA sales -- in all formats -- continue to carry the trade, accounting for all of the gains and then some, as new…

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Steady Trade Results in June and July

The AAP released monthly sales statistics for both June and July, which remained consistent with the pattern from earlier in the year, though perked up in July. Most of the year's growth is coming children's and young adult books, which have been up year-over-year for all seven reported months, though…

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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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