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Blended Statistics Part 3: The Full Consumer Market

Thanks to those who have been writing in with enjoyment of our StatsFest, and apologies to those who are overwhelmed (we're trying to make this as straight forward as possible), but we soldier on. Today's installment is brief, but important, as we knit together numbers across trade -- and this…

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Blended Statistics, Part 2: The Amazon Market

In our first installment of blended statistics that combine standard industry measures with data slices from Authors Earnings and our own research and adjustments, we looked at the 2016 market for individually sold ebooks. In that paid download market, the one in which traditional publishers conduct nearly all of their…

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Soft December Leaves Trade Sales Slightly Down for 2016

The AAP released sales statistics for December and full-year 2016 (and yes, they are almost two months behind last year's reporting schedule). The year finished with a decline in December, with low trade sales as well as higher revised sales data for December 2015. Sales registered $546 million -- compared…

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Real eBook Sales Data Available

Since 2010 PublishersMarketplace.com has provided a premium service to literary agents, scouts, authors and other qualified independent publishing professionals for accessing Bookscan's comprehensive database of actual, weekly print book sales data from around the country -- built right in to the familiar, easy-to-use PM website and interface. Now we are…

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November Hardcover Shipments Made Up for Part of October's Decline

The AAP released their monthly StatShot statistics for November 2016, which provide solid evidence of the disconnect between topline AAP data and actual marketplace results that we have been talking about for a while now. Looked at in isolation the headline news sounds positive: Net trade sales as measured by…

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Adult Hardcover Shipments Fell In October Ahead of the Election

After rebounding to nearly flat at the end of the third quarter, trade sales as measured by the reporting AAP publishers fell $67.5 million in October, a decline of a 8.8 percent, at $701 million. The primary difference was significantly lower adult hardcover shipments -- reflecting a new release schedule…

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Major Fiction Deals Rebound In Otherwise Modest Pre-Fair Activity

In line with our early assessment of dealmaking heading into this year's London Book Fair, now officially underway, even with a busy few days of final reports this year's activity stands at moderate. The biggest (or "major") deals came in just ahead of last year and still well below the…

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Moderate Dealmaking Ahead of the London Book Fair

It's an unusual dealmaking climate leading into this year's London Book Fair, which officially begins next Tuesday, for a variety of reasons. Shifting the gathering back a month to mid-March for the first time in years has various effects. The submissions process appears to have made a late adjustment to the…

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Trade Sales Pulled to Even In Third Quarter of 2016

Year-end stats from Bookscan and PubTrack Digital and current earnings season reports from public companies have been giving us a good picture of 2016 trade publishing performance. So it feels a little odd to step back as the AAP -- still running a month or two behind their normal schedule -- has released monthly…

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People, Etc.

At Portfolio and Sentinel, Bria Sandford has been promoted to senior editor. Former longtime chairman of Canongate for 22 years (and stepfather of Jamie Byng) Christopher Bland, 78, died on Sunday of prostate cancer. He also had served as chair of the BBC board of governors and the Royal Shakespeare Company,…

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