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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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AAP February Report Shows Consistent Digital Drop, Higher Returns

The AAP reported their monthly StatShot statistics for February. Per our long look at the reliability of these monthly tabulations, our monthly focus will be on the digital data. Adult ebook sales of $88 million were down $16.3 million compared to a year ago; children's ebook sales were $8.1 million, down from…

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Briefs: Johnson's Book on Shakespeare Delayed or Cancelled, and More

Newly appointed UK foreign secretary and Brexit campaign leader Boris Johnson's forthcoming book on Shakespeare, scheduled for release on November 15 from Hodder & Stoughton and Riverhead, will not be published this year, and may not be published at all according to the Daily Mail. They report Johnson "is believed…

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A Magical Mystical Journey Statistical: Do AAP Monthlies Tell Us Anything Useful?

When reporting on the recent AAP trade publishing statistics for January, we raised the question of why AAP data was so out of alignment with Nielsen Bookscan data for the same month. The AAP report looked like terrible news. Even leaving aside declining ebook sales and looking at "print only"…

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It Was A Poor January for AAP Publishers

The AAP released a belated StatShot report with sales statistics from their roughly 1,200 reporting publishers for the month of January 2016. (Yes, the AAP is about two months behind their normal schedule for these monthly reports.) Their data shows a weak start to 2016 for the reporting group, with…

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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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