Monday News: HarperCollins sales down; Tournament of Books now Nook sponsored; GiveWell rates charities
HarperCollins Results Fell in Fiscal 2012 – HarperCollins numbers were down in 2012 due to a drop in print sales that was partially offset by digital sales. Ebooks accounted for about 15% of HC’s global revenue. Publishers Weekly
In reporting results, News Corp. broke down HC revenue into consumer and other, although it doesn’t identify what other includes. In the quarter, consumer sales were $326 million and other $26 million, while in fiscal 2012, consumer sales were $1.12 billion and other $66 million. In providing background on HC, News Corp. said HC has about 100,000 SKUs with about 30,000 titles available in digital formats.
Announcing the 2013 Tournament of Books – The Tournament of Books is in its 9th year and this year’s tournament is sponsored by Nook. The tournament of books is a bracket like contest where books are pitted against each other. There is a panel of judges that determines the winner of each round. The Morning News
Each weekday in March, two works of fiction from 2012 go head to head, with one of our judges deciding—with elaborate explanation—to advance one title into the next bracket. At the end of the month, the winner of the tournament is blessed with the Rooster, our prize named after David Sedaris’s brother (because why not). Along the way, each judge reveals his or her biases and interests, any connections they have to the participating authors, and, most importantly, how they decided between the two books. Then our ToB Chairmen, authors Kevin Guilfoile and John Warner, weigh in with commentary, and finally leave it up to you, the readers, to add your own passionate thoughts and rebukes to the mix.
The Wonkblog guide to holiday giving – When you make a charitable contribution, you want to know that your money is actually helping someone and not being spent to line pockets or be used inefficiently. Dylan Matthews of the Washington Post writes about the organization “Give Well.” Give Well is one of the “most rigorous and reliable evaluators” of charities. The Washington Post
One of the things that’s striking about GiveWell’s list is that a lot of marquee charities — UNICEF, Oxfam, the Salvation Army, Doctors Without Borders, among others — aren’t on it. It’s not because GiveWell thinks those groups do a bad job, necessarily, but that it’s just not possible to know whether they’re doing a good one. Oxfam, for example, neither publicly releases evaluations of its programs nor focuses on areas where interventions would be particularly cost-effective. The next time you are thinking about giving to a charity, you may want to see what Give Well has to say about them.
2012 SFR Holiday Blitz – Heather Massey is hosting her annual SFR Holiday Blitz, an event where readers can win a variety of scifi romance ebooks. It will run until December 28. The Galaxy Express
To those who celebrate Christmas, Merry Christmas. Tomorrow there will be no news because a) it is Christmas but mostly b) I won’t be in a place that has internet access. I know. Quelle horreur! Pray for me.
I wonder how ‘GiveWell’ compares to ‘CharityNavigator’ in their evaluations….
Another great place to find all kinds of information about charities and how they spend their money is http://www.charitynavigator.org.
And I just entered all the SFR Blitz contests! Thanks!
Merry Christmas and may you enjoy being unplugged! I’ll be staying with family who have Internet (on an ancient iMac) but no wireless, so I’m looking forward to being semi-unplugged.
I have found that Charity Navigator, Give Well, and the Better Business Bureau (http://www.bbb.org/us/charity/) each provide slightly different information. In addition, although not all cover every group, between the three you’ll find at least 1 evaluation of almost any organization you’re looking for.
Thanks so much for the linkage!
Merry Christmas, Jane. Enjoy being unplugged.
Merry Christmas Jane and all the DA contributors. Hope your holidays are wonderful and the toddler is overwhelmed by Santa.
@Lori: Thanks so much the holiday wishes! Right back at you. Jane’s “tot” is growing up and hasn’t been a toddler in some time, but Santa will likely still make an impression.