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Blended Statistics Part 4: A Broader View of What Authors Earn

Part 3 looked at the whole industry and laid important groundwork for roughing out a new measure: how much money do authors earn? The Author Earnings project has made valuable strides in making this a central issue. Up until AE, no one had even tried to tabulate what authors make…

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Blending Statistics to See the Whole Market, Part 1

Now that the AAP has provided the final piece of standard industry statistical measures for 2016, we're ready to share some additional statistical models that try to provide a broader picture of the trade publishing landscape. As has been well covered in the past, all of the core publishing statistics…

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A Vote of Diminishing Confidence from Big Barnes & Noble Investor

On April 18, shortly before the official naming of Demos Parneros as ceo of Barnes & Noble, the company's second largest investor David Abrams significantly reduced his holdings. Abrams and related companies sold 4.5 million shares of Barnes & Noble's stock at $8.575 a share (and the movement of that big…

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People, Etc.

Former president of F+W Media Sara Domville will reunite with her old boss, joining America's Test Kitchen under ceo David Nussbaum on April 24 in the new role of chief revenue officer. She "will be responsible for driving revenue growth in a number of key company divisions including sponsorship, licensing, underwriting and…

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April iBooks Picks

iBooks has listed its April recommendations. The titles include American War, by Omar El Akkad, an excerpt of which is featured in our Buzz Books 2017: Spring/Summer and available for download. The other fiction picks include: Anything Is Possible, by Elizabeth Strout Borne, by Jeff VanderMeer My Last Lament, by James William Brown…

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Houghton Announces Plans for Cost Cutting

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt formally announced plans to cut costs over the next 21 months last Thursday, telling employees and then investors about "certain proposed operational efficiency and cost-reduction actions." The company said in February after another dismal quarter that included a $139 million impairment charge to expect "strategic cost cutting to simplify…

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Milo's DANGEROUS Is Officially Delayed to June 13

On Monday afternoon, controversial author Milo Yiannopoulos announced on Facebook that his book DANGEROUS, originally scheduled for publication on March 14, has been postponed to June 13. He writes, "I asked my publisher for more time to submit the manuscript for DANGEROUS so I could include material about the craziness…

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Acquisitions: Sourcebooks Takes Over Little Pickle Press; Firebrand Acquires Enthrill

Sourcebooks has acquired the publishing rights to the list of nonfiction children's publisher Little Pickle Press from parent company March 4, expanding the nonfiction program of Sourcebooks' Jabberwocky imprint. Little Pickle Press will live as an imprint under Jabberwocky, which will make the approximately 25 frontlist and backlist titles available…

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The Good and Bad of Half-Year Sales

We have known the basic contours of trade publishing results for the first half of 2016 since the end of August, following public reporting by publishing companies -- trade sales were down modestly in total dollars, with still-rising print unit sales unable to fully make up for still-declining ebook sales. Now…

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Amazon Bull: Stock Hits New High

On Thursday, Amazon's stock hit a new all-time high, closing above $800 a share for the first time. In the broader market sell-off early this year Amazon had traded as low as about $500 a share. For the year-to-date the stock is up about 19 percent, though the biggest movement was…

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