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New AAP Annual Estimates Include Some Real Subscription Data

The AAP released a second set of annual statistics for 2014, this time a new version of the modeled "guesstimates" that they had produced jointly with the BISG (Book Industry Study Group) for a few years under the name BookStats. Now they are calling it StatShot Annual -- not be…

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Both Adult and Children's Sales Fell In February

After a positive report for January driven by lower holiday returns, AAP-reported trade sales for February fell over 14 percent, down to $392 million -- a $65 million decline compared to February 2014. Adult sales of $305 million were down 8.3 percent (from $329 million) and children's/YA sales fell further,…

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New Insights on eBook Unit Sales from Nielsen

At Book Expo America last week, Nielsen svp global managing director Jonathan Stolper presented some data from across Nielsen’s tracking services, including — for the first time — ebook data from PubTrack Digital. Because of misunderstandings about how various industry data views are compiled, you may have encountered some confused…

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AAP Reissues Corrected January Stats, As Adult Sales Drove 5 Percent Increase

After we flagged a significant restatement of historical ebook data in the AAP's January StatShot report on Wednesday, the organization identified a significant data error in the trade reporting and on Monday they issued a new report reflecting very different results. (So erase those previous impressions from your radar.) Most…

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Trade Sales Stable In January As eBooks Drop to Lowest Point In Years

The AAP reported StatShot figures for January 2015, putting overall trade sales of $495.5 million flat compared to a year ago, with adult sales up a couple of million dollars and children's/YA sales down a couple of million. In adult sales, trade paperbacks were the notable gainer, up $11.5 million to $122.7 million, while…

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Statistics 101: Juvenile Book Sales Did Not "Plummet"

The internet is so full of groundless stories about book publishing these days that the most efficient approach is for us to ignore most of them. But PW posted a story Thursday, "Juvenile Book Sales Plummet," that is simply wrong and should be cleared up before the meme gets set. The thrust of the piece was this: Juvenile…

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2014 In Context: Known Gains Are Sparse

Until it's revised a year from now, we have to work with the AAP's report of a 4 percent gain (or $258 million) in trade sales during 2014, to $6.631 billion. As noted in our full report, all of the gains and then some -- $325 million in all -- came…

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Trade Finishes Well In December, Though Adult Hardcovers Remain Down

The AAP reported sales for December 2014 as well as the full year, account for sales from the 1,209 reporting publishers. A strong December helped the trade end the year well, with sales of $591 million up $64.5 million (or 12 percent) from a year ago. Adult hardcover sales still declined…

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November AAP Sales Down Again On Weak Hardcover Shipments

After a surprisingly positive October 2014 sales report, the AAP's statistics for November returned to the pattern that they have followed for most of the year: Adult sales declined almost 8 percent, down $37 million to $442 million, as children's rose, up $23.6 million to $190.6 million. The real weakness…

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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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