Thursday News Thread: Penguin and Amazon Have Kissed and Made Up
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a news roundup so I’ll try not to overload you with information. Probably the most important news is that Amazon and Penguin have kissed and made up. Kindle versions of the April and May books are already appearing in the bookstore. This news was first announced at PublishersMarketplace.
In other good news, book sales were up quite a bit in March. According to the AAP, total sales were up 16.6% over last year March sales and 8% for the year. The breakdown is as follows:
- Adult Hardcover: Up 15.1% with sales of $92.0 million. YTD sales up 3.7%
- Adult Trade Paperback: Up 38.2% with sales of $123.1.0 million. YTD sales up 23.5%
- Adult Mass Market: Down 18.1% with sales of $53.6 million. YTD sales down 6.6% (is this being made up in digital sales?)
- Children’s/YA Hardcover: Down 12.3% with sales of $45.4 million. YTD sales down 35.2%
- Children's/YA Paperback: Up 6.1% with sales of $47.0 million. YTD sales down 8.5%
- Audio Books: Up 8.6% with sales of $9.8 m. YTD sales up 14.7%
- Downloaded Audio Books: Up 29.3% with sales of $6.2 million. YTD sales up 32.5%.
- E-book: Up 184.8 % with sales of $28.5 million. YTD sales up 251.9%.
Book Expo America is taking place (or winding down as the case may be) today. Over the past few days, there have been very interesting reports out of BEA. Specifically the ones covering the CEO panel. CEOs of the major publishers along with the CEO of Ingram, one of the major distributors of paper and digital books in the US, spoke about the state of publishing. Ed Champion did a great piece on this that is well worth the read. Champion concludes that there are some individuals in positions of power within the publishing industry who seem to have no clue as to the current state of publishing. He singles out Jonathan Galassi of FSG and Scott Turow, the current president of the Author’s Guild as being some of the most clueless.
There are some strange looking new ebook devices from ACER. One is the LumiRead and it looks like an extended Kindle. It will partner with the BN ebookstore. Another ACER device, with a design similar to the LumniRead is the 7″ Android Tablet that comes with a full QWERTY keyboard.
Another ereading device partnering with BN ebookstore is the Pandigital. The eReader has a 7″ touchscreen LCD (not eink) with Wi-Fi connectivity. You should also be able to show movies on this device. The battery is said to last up to 6 hours. This device should be in national retailers by June. No word on who the national retailers are. Best buy? Wal-mart? This device is kind of interesting because it’s price is $199 and will support PDF, ePub and HTML and runs on the Android OS.
BN’s iPad App has been approved. I like it so far, but I haven’t loaded any content other than what I have purchased from the BN ebookstore. BN still does not have the buying process streamlined sufficient to compete with Amazon. Surely it can eliminate one or two of the confirm screens along with an automatic link back to the ereading app. No?
Adobe has released an Adobe Reader for the Android. I’m not sure if it readers PDFs or encrypted epubs as well.
Marginal Revolution had a link to a wiki piece on the bestselling books of all time. They aren’t what you think they might be.