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
When the 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
New estimates from the Association of Czech Booksellers and Publishers show that 200,000 ebooks were sold in the Czech Republic in 2012, up from around 17,000 ebooks sold in 2011.
The Prague Daily Monitor reports that: Continue reading
If 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
Here’s a story I never wanted to write.
The AAP has just released a new sales report today. The report covers the first half of this year and is based on data provided by 1196 US publishers, and it shows that the overall US book market was down 6%, largely due to kid’s books and adult paperbacks, while the ebook market dropped by 3.6%. Continue reading
Lagardère, the French media conglomerate that owns the US publisher Hachette, posted a new financial report yesterday.
The report covers the first 6 months of 2013 and while it doesn’t include as many specific details as I would like Lagardère did mention a few details about the ebook market. Continue reading
The 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
Here’s a month old story that I missed at the time but is still worth covering.
ICv2 has released a new report on the state of the North American comics market. According to their estimates, sales of digital comics, graphic novels, and comic books reached $750 million last year, with digital comics accounting for about 9.3%. Continue reading
B&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
Barnes & Noble launched a small sale earlier this week in their Nook UK Store, and evil, nefarious Amazon has decided to stab publishing in the heart once again by matching prices. Continue reading