Friday News: BEA, book sales, and Winds of Winter
Books are back: Printed book sales rise for first time in four years as ebooks suffer decline and BEA 2016: E-book Sales Fell 13% in 2015, Nielsen Reports – Trends in both then UK and US book markets appear to mirror each other, with adult coloring books and other “lifestyle non-fiction” propelling the print book rise. You can see how invested publishers are in print books from Pan Macmillan’s UK sales director: “2015 was the year when the physical book fought back.” Even the notion of ebooks “suffering” is telling. A look at the US ebook market is telling given Big 5’s pricing strategies as compared to the availability and relative affordability of self-published books:
In another look at e-book sales, Mooney reported that the Big 5 publishers’ share of e-book sales fell to 34% in 2015, down from 38% in 2014. In 2012, the Big 5 held a 46% of e-book unit sales. The loss of share of the Big 5 was made up by self-publishers and small publishers. Self-publishers’ share of the e-book market rose to 12% last year from 8% in 2014, while small presses accounted for 30% of e-book unit sales in 2015, up from 26% in 2014. – Telegraph and Publishers Weekly
BEA 2016: For Booksellers, Change of Venue Welcome. For the Big Houses, Not So Much – Publishers Weekly has comprehensive BEA coverage here, but one interesting aspect is the location of this year’s show, which is in Chicago, rather than New York. The group most limited by the shift is traditional publishers, while the move has increased diversity and helped bookseller access. Hmmm.
When asked if he was concerned about the fact that the change of venue resulted in fewer high profile authors and celebrities headlining this year’s show—a complaint among some attendees—[Brien] McDonald said this year is “our most diverse” and reflects “the discovery BookExpo can provide.”
And, speaking to the notion that moving the show to Chicago was bringing in a different crowd, McDonald pointed out that over 1,000 new attendees from the Midwest are attending this year’s BEA, and that the show saw a 10% increase in VIP attendees.
Many booksellers who don’t often make the trip to New York City for BEA came out to Chicago this year, according to American Booksellers Association CEO Oren Teicher, noting that 65% of the ABA members attending this year’s show have not been to BEA in the past two years. Teicher said that the stat “validates the whole idea of moving the show around.” – Publishers Weekly
George R.R. Martin’s recently released ‘Game of Thrones’ chapter highlights the books’ divergence from the show – Given all of the worry around how the Game of Thrones TV series might “spoil” future books, Martin seems to be signaling something else (more akin to the perspective expressed here) with the release of a chapter from his upcoming novel, Winds of Winter, which, if anything, highlights the differences between the film adaptation and Martin’s novels.
The books, which rely on a rotation of different characters’ perspectives in order to weave together a variety of plot points, have come to feature many story arcs that have not made it to the television series.
And the section of the upcoming novel Martin released late Tuesday night served as a strong reminder of that. The chapter, titled “Arianne,” is narrated by a character that doesn’t even exist in HBO’s rendition of the series. . . .
In addition to Arianne, the chapter follows more than a few characters those who only watch the show would know nothing about, and it also offers up a different version of characters that show-lovers are familiar with. – New York Daily News