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Nielsen Estimates 16 Percent Decline in 2016 eBook Sales

In a set of very fast-moving overview slides, Nielsen Book global managing director Jonathan Stolper said the company is estimating that ebook unit sales for 2016 for the twenty plus companies that provide their data will show a decline of 16 percent, with unit sales of 177 million. (So far…

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Print Sales Were Up Again In 2016

Nielsen Bookscan issued final sales data for 2016, counting print book (and physical audio) sales of  674 million units through the outlets they track -- compared to approximately 653 million units sold in 2015. But that comparison comes with an asterisk, since the service added tracking for Family Christian's 259 stores at…

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Holiday Print Sales Finish Reasonably Well

A good final holiday week of print book sales as measured by Nielsen Bookscan lifted the cumulative total for the five-week period into positive territory (though all of this year's comparison numbers come with asterisks since 2015 was an unusual 53-week year in Nielsen's tracking). For the five weeks starting with Thanksgiving,…

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In July, AAP Trade Dollars Shifted from Adult Hardcovers to New Potter

Still running behind, the AAP issued their monthly StatShot statistics for July 2016 -- aka the month when Harry Potter and the Cursed Child shipped into stores and went on sale (on July 31). We've known since three months ago from Scholastic's public reporting that the new Potter release helped lift the…

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More Than Ever, Trade Looks for Last-Minute Holiday Boost

The print book trade still has not shaken off the post-election drag on sales, even with holiday sales well underway, Nielsen Bookscan statistics show. As we noted a month ago, much of the year's performance will depend on how the final holiday book sales push fares. Despite Barnes & Noble's…

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Riggio Signals Another Poor Quarter, But What Comes After the Election is Critical

Barnes & Noble executive chairman Len Riggio appears to have indicated that the bookseller's fiscal second quarter results through the end of October, due to be announced on November 22, will disappoint investors again: He tells Crain's, "The preoccupation with the election was hurting sales," adding, "we expect a bounce-back."…

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Print Shipments Were Good in May

The AAP released their May StatShot statistics on Wednesday morning, starting to catch up though still running a bit behind their traditional schedule. As we explained earlier in the year, it turns out the monthly AAP reports on their own are not consistent indicators of...anything, but the best forward-looking measure --…

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Rumblings of Kindle Limitations for Self-Published Authors

The latest Author Earnings report is surprised to find declining sales of self-published books in their October survey, as traditional publishers registered small gains and Amazon Publishing continues its steady rise. In the measure that publishers follow -- gross ebook dollar sales -- AE found traditional publishers with about 65…

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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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