Category Archives: statistics

HarperCollins Reports Revenues Down, eBook Revenues Up – a Sign That the eBook Market Hasn’t Flattened

The newly reorganized NewsCorp released a quarterly statement today, and the news from their publishing house is mixed.

HarperCollins reported that revenues for  the quarter ending  on 30 September were down 7% to $328 million as compared to the same period last year. EBITDA (earnings before interest taxes, depreciation and amortization), however, rose 8% to $43 million. Continue reading

By The Numbers: Indie Publishing Really Does Have an Issue with Porn

When thebow chicka wow wow mainstream media made indie publishing into a synonym for pornography last week I was both appalled and infuriated. Many sites, including The Daily Mail and The Kernel, were reporting on the news less because it was news and more for the tabloidistic shock value.

But as annoying as that may be, today I am going to have to admit that there was more than a grain of truth in the reports. It’s not just media hype; indie publishing has a porn problem. Continue reading

One Publisher’s Revenue Snapshot Suggests That Amazon Doesn’t Dominate the French eBook Market

french ebook marketIf you’ve been following digital publishing news for more than 20 minutes then you probably know that the Kindle Store has the biggest market share of the global ebook market.

And if you’ve been following digital publishing news for long enough you may have also heard someone say that Amazon doesn’t dominate every market nearly as well as well as in the US. Kobo, for example, has a larger share in Canada, and it’s been said that Amazon’s share of ebook markets outside of Europe and the US is actually negligible. Continue reading

eBook Sales Remained Flat in First 4 Months of 2013 – Blame The Hunger Games

aapThe AAP has released a new StatShot report for the first 4 months of 2013 and while the news is not bad it is nevertheless frustrating.

The overall market shrank by 6% in that period, with much of the drop due to the children’s/YA segment (religious and adult segments increased slightly). Both children’s hardback and kid’s ebook market segments are still normalizing after last year’s anomalous spike in sales caused by the release of The Hunger Games movie. Continue reading

B&N Raises Prices on “Hot Summer Books” Sale – Dashes Hopes of Ever Seeing a Real eBook Price War

nook itunesB&N launched a sale last week in their UK Nook Store and it appears to have come to an abrupt end made a significant shift today.

The Bookseller beat me to the story, and they reported that:

On Nook, And The Mountains Echoed has risen to a price of £8.75, while Dead Man’s Time has risen to £7.79. Only four books remain at 99p, down from a list of dozens, with Hilary Boyd’s Thursdays in the Park (Quercus) and Paul Finch’s Sacrifice (HarperCollins) still listed as part of the offer. Continue reading