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Thursday Midday Links (and Deals) : Monica Jackson Passed Away, Rumors of an IPad Mini and a Frontlit Kindle

Thursday Midday Links (and Deals) : Monica Jackson Passed Away, Rumors...

Sometime yesterday, Monica Jackson passed away due to complications of surgery. Monica was a fierce defender of African American authors and multicultural books. Her voice will be missed in our community.

News

Deals

  • The Bro-Magnet by Lauren Baratz-Logsted * $0.00 * A  – unfortunately an Amazon only special as author is utilizing the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library
  • Tough to Tame by Diana Palmer * $1.04 * A | BN | K | S
  • 1022 Evergreen Place by Debbie Macomber * $1.08 * A | BN | K | S
  • Wyoming Tough by Diana Palmer * $1.09 * A | BN | K | S
  • The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber * $1.31 * A | BN | K | S
  • 1105 Yakima Street by Debbie Macomber * $1.70 * A | BN | K | S
  • Hannah’s List by Debbie Macomber * $2.23 * A | BN | K | S
  • Ready for Romance by Debbie Macomber * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Ready for Marriage by Debbie Macomber * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
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  • The Pride of Jared MacKade by Nora Roberts * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • The Heart of Devin MacKade by Nora Roberts * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • The Fall of Shane MacKade by Nora Roberts * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Unfinished Business by Nora Roberts * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Spellbound by Nora Roberts * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • This Matter of Marriage by Debbie Macomber * $3.44 * A | BN | K | S
  • Navy Husband by Debbie Macomber * $3.44 * A | BN | K | S
  • On a Snow Night by Debbie Macomber * $3.81 * A | BN | K | S
  • Family Affair by Debbie Macomber * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S
Thursday: Refurbed Kindle and Nooks; Random House Revenue Down; Book Sales Up

Thursday: Refurbed Kindle and Nooks; Random House Revenue Down; Book Sales...


Mark Coker has provided substantive information to the DOJ arguing that agency pricing does not lead to increased prices in books.

It’s also fallacy to believe that somehow the wholesale pricing model is the savior and enabler of low prices. Under the wholesale model, the publisher has always set the price at which they’ll sell the book to the bookstore, typically a 50% discount to the suggested list price. The $30 front list hardcover you purchase earns the publisher $15, or less. If the publisher decides they need to earn $18.00 on each copy sold, they’ll set the suggested list price to $36.00. If you agree that under normal circumstances, most retailers will not consistently sell all their books at below cost, then it’s reasonable to conclude that even under wholesale, publishers already control the minimum price all customers, on average, will pay.

It’s a good read and I don’t agree with everything Coker writes because the DOJ is looking at anti competitive behavior, not just agency pricing (if you recall the WSJ interview) and thus much of what Coker writes is inapplicable in that sense. Still, always good to read an opposing point of view.


The Bookseller reports that the volume of ebook purchases is not making up the decline in revenue generated by print book sales.  I’m not sure whether these numbers are limited to the UK but it is consistent with other ebook sales numbers I’ve heard. Apparently publishing thought that ebooks might increase the number of book buyers?  I’m not sure why they thought that.  Rather it is keeping the number of book buyers from fleeing to other sources of digital entertainment.  Low priced self published books are also affecting the lowered ebook revenue.


2012 brings big change to the numbers reported by the Association of American Publishers. In the past, the numbers reported by AAP were derived from 70-90 publishers but this year, the organization is reporting sales numbers from from 1149 publishers in January 2012.  Yay for better data.  The only loser in January 2012, out of both print and digital, was Mass Market Paperbacks which continue its downward slide.

Adult books

  • Hardcover: $69.8M in January 2012; $57.4M in January 2011; +21.6% increase
  • Trade Paperbacks: $105.1M in Jan 2012; $99.1M in Jan 2011; +6.1% increase
  • Mass Market Paperbacks: $30.4M in Jan 2012; $39.3M in Jan 2011; -22.5% decrease
  • eBooks: $99.5M in Jan 2012; $66.6M in Jan 2011; +49.4% increase
  • Downloaded Audiobooks $8.4M in Jan 2012; $6.5M in Jan 2011; +29.4% increase

Children’s/Young Adult

  • Hardcover: $57.4M in Jan 2012; $34.0M in Jan 2011; +68.9% increase
  • Paperbacks: $38.0M in Jan 2012; $23.5M in Jan 2011; +61.9% increase
  • eBooks: (new AAP category) $22.6M in Jan 2012; $3.9M in Jan 2011; +475.1% increase

Total Trade

  • Total Overall: $503.5M in Jan 2012; $396.0M in Jan 2011; +27.1% increase
  • Total Adult Trade: $323.0M in Jan 2012; $277.4M in Jan 2011; +16.4% increase
  • Total Children/YA: $128.2M in Jan 2012; $71.0M in Jan 2011; +80.5% increase

Random House, a division of Bertelsmann AG, saw reduced revenues but part of the decline is attributable to currency exchanges.

At year-end, Random House had 5,343 employees (December 31, 2010: 5,264). The increasing availability of lower-priced e-reading devices and tablets contributed to the surging demand for Random House e-books, enabling the company to record triple-digit-percentage digital revenue growth and counterbalancing decreased sales of print books, especially in the English-speaking territories.  … Their year’s top title was “Inheritance,” the fourth and final volume in the eponymous series by Christopher Paolini. For its first eight weeks, the novel sold more than three million hardcover, e-book, and audiobook editions. In the United States, the world’s largest book market, Random House placed 228 titles on the “New York Times” bestseller lists, including 32 at #1. George R. R. Martin’s five-volume fantasy series “A Song of Ice and Fire” sold over eight million copies in North America in 2011.

During the reporting period, Random House acquired the US digital media agency Smashing Ideas and established new English, German, and Spanish print and e-book imprints.


Deals

Romance

  • Beautiful Dreamer with Bonus Material by Elizabeth Lowell * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Desert Rain with Bonus Material by Elizabeth Lowell * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Eden Burning with Bonus Material by Elizabeth Lowell * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
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Open Road Media

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  • Cloaked In Red by Vivian Vande Velde * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Blackbriar by William Sleator * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S

Macmillan Deals

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  • Ladies Coupe by Anita Nair * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
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  • Look Again by Lisa Scottoline * $4.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Still Life by Louise Penny * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
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