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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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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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