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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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People, Etc.

Stacy Creamer will join Regan Arts as svp, executive editor on April 15. Most recently she was executive editor at Hachette Books and before then was publisher at Touchstone. Andy Hunter has been named publisher of LitHub.com, overseeing the growing site -- which is a collaboration between Hunter's Electric Literature…

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Trade Sales Continued Gains In November, With eBook Sales Still Falling

The AAP reported sales for November 2015 as tabulated by their pool of approximately 1,200 publishers. While the October report was more or less flat, November was in keeping with sales gains seen in September. Trade sales for the month of $674 million were up $56 million, or 9 percent, from…

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AAP eBook Decline Deepens In October Report

The AAP reported sales for October 2015 as tabulated by their pool of approximately 1,200 publishers. After a strong September report (up over 7 percent), October's results returned more to the year's norm, a little above flat. Trade sales of $769 million were up $14 million, or less than two…

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Briefs: PubTrack Digital Launches in UK; Kenyon Sues Clare; Denene Miller Books at Agate; and More

Nielsen Book has launched PubTrack Digital UK, an ebook sales tracking service based on the same model that they use in the US. A set of unspecified publishers contribute their own ebook sales data, on a monthly basis, with a three-month delay. Nielsen says "we are not currently releasing the…

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AAP Sales Rebounded In September to Leave Trade Flat Through Three Quarters

After a weak August report, trade book sales as monitored by the AAP across approximately 1,200 publishers rebounded in September. With $665 million in net shipments for the month, up $45.5 million (or more than 7 percent), the gains all came from adult books, as children's and YA titles were…

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More Nielsen Stats: Coloring Saved Sales

Nielsen Bookscan released some additional 2015 statistics, confirming that "2015 was the year of adult coloring books." As we reported earlier, total unit books for 2015 as measured by the point-of-sale service grew 17.6 million units, or 2.8 percent. Also as previously noted, nearly all of the growth came from…

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