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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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AAP Fills In Stats for August

We already have a pretty good picture of 2016 US trade book sales from year-end stats from Bookscan and PubTrack Digital, along with three quarters of data from public companies and now the AAP -- still running about a month behind their own schedule -- has released StatShot statistics for…

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Nielsen Estimates 16 Percent Decline in 2016 eBook Sales

In a set of very fast-moving overview slides, Nielsen Book global managing director Jonathan Stolper said the company is estimating that ebook unit sales for 2016 for the twenty plus companies that provide their data will show a decline of 16 percent, with unit sales of 177 million. (So far…

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Print Sales Were Up Again In 2016

Nielsen Bookscan issued final sales data for 2016, counting print book (and physical audio) sales of  674 million units through the outlets they track -- compared to approximately 653 million units sold in 2015. But that comparison comes with an asterisk, since the service added tracking for Family Christian's 259 stores at…

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Holiday Print Sales Finish Reasonably Well

A good final holiday week of print book sales as measured by Nielsen Bookscan lifted the cumulative total for the five-week period into positive territory (though all of this year's comparison numbers come with asterisks since 2015 was an unusual 53-week year in Nielsen's tracking). For the five weeks starting with Thanksgiving,…

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