Morning Coffee – 29 October 2018

Morning Coffee - 29 October 2018 Morning Coffee

Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning.

 

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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  1. Gordon Horne29 October, 2018

    There are two comments to the PW article that mention strong Amazon and Indie fiction sales. One points out a price differential between big trad pub and the newcomers. The other points out the readers who don’t care about the literary qualities valued by big trad pub editors can now get large quantities of fiction very cheaply from other sources. The argument that big trad pub fiction sales are falling because their product is too high quality for the customer is confusing as it suggests big trad pub is incapable of producing trash while the preponderance of evidence suggests they are very good at producing absolute dreck when they set their mind to it.

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  2. davemich29 October, 2018

    The most telling comment for me was this one…

    “Now, with the number of physical stores down from five years ago (despite a rise in ABA membership), publishers cannot rely on bricks-and-mortar stores providing customers with access to new books.”

    Often the ABA is referred to with a quote that says that indie bookstores have increased their number 40% (which is the membership growth they mention). It appears that here they clear up that incorrect assertion.

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    1. Disgusting Dude30 October, 2018

      Both statements can be and probably are simultaneously true because they do not measure the same thing.
      The ABA allows membership of newstands, gift shops, museums, and art supply stores; anybody selling any kind of book. Plus existing bookstores that weren’t members might be joining up to boost their visibility through the ABA website.
      At the same time, the number of stores dedicated to primarily selling books can be and is declining.

      Not that it matters. Touting or worrying about the number of locations selling books is meaningless.

      Neither number is as important as the total amount of storefront shelf space dedicated to print book sales or the number of different titles available at B&M facilities in a given area. The closure of a big box store stocking 60,000 titles that might open the door for two stores selling 30,000 titles each might show a growth in number of stores while the number of titles available in the area would show a decline of maybe 40-50% because of title duplication in the two stores.

      Bestsellers will always be featured everywhere but midlist and backlist titles will end up blocked from the market as big box stores fold and are replaced by newstands and small independents. They are also squeezed out of the B&m channel when a bookstore adds a cafe, restaurant, toys & trinkets, or so-called lifestyle merchandise to prop up revenues via non-book sales.

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  3. Darryl29 October, 2018

    Quality is in the eye of the beholder.

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