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Harlequin And Cosmo Team Up To Launch New E-book Line - With Sylvia Day!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 12, 2013 | PERMALINK

BLOG UPDATE 3/12/13: Harlequin has just signed NYT bestselling author Sylvia Day in a two-book deal to launch their Cosmo Red Hot Reads line. Author of the popular Crossfire series, an erotic romance trilogy about an emotionally closed-off billionaire and the feisty young heroine who steals his heart, Day will be penning Afterburn (releasing August 15) and Aftershock (releasing November 15) for Harlequin's new digital imprint. We also got word that the books will be prices at $3.99 each. According to Day in a Harlequin press release, the books will star "fun, fearless Cosmopolitan-type heroines as well as delicious, dangerous heroes." If they're as delicious as Gideon Crossfire, we can't wait! 

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Breaking News: Grand Central Publishing Is Expanding Its Romance Imprints

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 21, 2013 | PERMALINK

Exciting news for romance readers: Today publisher Grand Central announced that it is expanding its romance imprint, Forever, and digital romance imprint, Forever Yours. While the average yearly output for Forever has been around 60 books a year, this new initiative will increase that number to 120 titles in 2013 and 190 titles in 2014!


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Bring On The Usual Suspects: Top Sellers In 2012

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 21, 2013 | PERMALINK
E.L. James

With over 6.3 million units sold, E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey is officially the bestselling book of 2012. Thanks to Nielsen BookScan, publishing insiders are able to put definitive numbers on last year’s book sales and author James’ has a lot to celebrate. Nielsen shows that not only was the erotic series starter the bestselling adult fiction title of the year, but the rest of the trilogy filled the top of the list with Fifty Shades Darker at #2 with 3.8 million units sold, Fifty Shades Freed at #3 with 3.4 million units sold and the Fifty Shades Trilogy Box Set sitting pretty at #4.


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A New Study Reveals Trends In Digital Reading

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 03, 2013 | PERMALINK

A study recently released by the Pew Research Center shows that the number of Americans using e-readers is growing.

Okay, while this may not be breaking news, the study does have some interesting facts about digital readers. Pew reports that in 2012, 23% of Americans aged 16 and older have read an e-book. This number has increased from the previous year when only 16% of those surveyed received their material digitally.

Along with the increase of e-book readers, the number of devices purchased has also grown. In late 2011, only 18% of those surveyed owned a reading device such as a Kindle, Nook or iPad. In 2012 this percentage increased to 33%.

The study also breaks down the average digital reader. While men previously made up more of the e-reading public, in the past 12 months, women have officially become the biggest consumers of e-books. As for educational backgrounds, readers with a college or graduate degree are the most likely to download an e-book. Furthermore, these digital readers generally live in a household earning more than $75,000 a year. And the age group that makes up the majority of e-book readers — that would be people between 30 and 49.

The Pew study not only investigated trends in e-reading, but it also collected research on the number of books, both print and digital, that the people surveyed had read during the previous 12 months. The following is the breakdown of the number of books read by participants that identified themselves as readers:


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Amazon's Bestselling Books Of 2012

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 17, 2012 | PERMALINK

Amazon, the world's largest book seller, has just announced it's lists of the bestselling books of 2012 in print and e-book formats.

It should come to no surprise that readers continue to flock to E.L. James and her Fifty Shades trilogy. This year it is the series finale, Fifty Shades Freed, that earns the top spot on the bestseller list. And James makes a second appearance in the top ten with her Fifty Shades Boxed Set hitting number three.  


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Young Adult Fiction Bestseller List From The NYT

BY Morgan Doremus, DECEMBER 13, 2012 | PERMALINK

Kids these days, they have it so good. With their fancy smart phones, instantly downloadable movies and books written just for them. When I was younger, we had corded phones, VHS tapes and the book situation … not so good. I distinctly remember going from the middle grade Baby-sitters Club and Nancy Drew series right into the adult romances of Jude Deveraux and Julie Garwood. There just didn’t seem to be much reading material for those “in between” years. But about a decade ago, this all started to change. The young adult genre, geared specifically towards teens, exploded with dozens of bestselling books that included real life issues that high schoolers face. Then the paranormal and dystopian phenomenons Twilight and The Hunger Games hit and there was no looking back for YA.

While everyone in the industry knows that these types of books are here to stay, this week The New York Times helped to solidify all things young adult when the newspaper announced that it would be splitting up its children’s chapter book bestseller list into a middle grade and young adult categories beginning on December 16th.

Interested in finding out which YA books are being bought up? Don’t wait until Sunday — I’ve got the inside scoop on the very first young adult bestseller list from the NYT and I've found some very interesting trends ...

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AAP Book Sales Report: August 2012

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 03, 2012 | PERMALINK

The Association of American Publishers' Monthly StatShot for August 2012 has just been released. The numbers in the report are compiled from over 1,100 publishers and give industry insiders (and readers) an in depth look at the book marketplace.

The statistics show some great news for publishers — when comparing August 2011 with August 2012, sales in adult print and e-book fiction has grown substantially. The adult trade segment is up by 11% from last year. Mass market sales rose by over 17%. (This increase is credited to the decline in book returns, so it looks like there were some satisfied readers this summer!)

Children's and young adult books also saw a rise by over 8%, however, the educational segments for K-12 instructional materials as well as sales for higher learning books fell, as did the sales for religious books.

No surprises with this next stat: e-book sales have continued their climb. Compared to last year, digital books have shown a gain by almost 35%, which translates to $118.6 million in sales in August 2012. But not all digital news is good news. While e-book sales are growing, the rate of growth has slowed, making digital books only 23.5% of all trade sales for August.


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Publishing Dealmaking: Romance On The Rise

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 17, 2012 | PERMALINK

 

Recently Publishers Marketplace released a report on the book deals made in September. In order to see publishing trends, PM also compared this year's sales to the deals made in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

This report is a true insider's look into publishing because while there are several sources for reader buying habits, Publishers Marketplace goes behind the scenes to look at the deals made between authors and publishers before the readers are ever involved. By looking at these statistics we can see trends not just today, but because these deals often are made for years ahead, we get a glimpse at what's to come in the industry further down the road.

We break down PW's recent report so that readers, authors and genre fiction fans can understand what it means for them. The following are a few interesting tidbits taken from the report, including some great news for romance authors and readers.


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AAP Sales Report: E-Books At Record High

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 17, 2012 | PERMALINK

The Association of American Publishers monthly sales report, which helps industry insiders (and readers) see changes in book sales, has just been released and it contains great news for authors. The report shows that e-book sales are on a tremendous upswing.

May 2012 statistics have been fully calculated and show that the month saw a record high at $133.7 million digital sales. (However, even though e-books show tremendous growth, this segment only makes up about 25% of all book sales.)

Below is a graph from Publisher's Marketplace for a visual guide showing e-book sales, in millions, from January 2010 to May 2012. 

The recent report also had good news for print sales. Total trade sales from reporting publishers were $535 million in May 2012, which was a 17% increase from May 2011.

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Amazon To Acquire The Remains Of Dorchester Publishing

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 05, 2012 | PERMALINK
UPDATE: On August 30, 2012, Amazon Publishing acquired the contracts for more than 1,000 Dorchester titles. The titles will be divvied up by genre among Amazon’s appropriate imprints and will be available for purchase both digitally and in print. Authors who choose not to do business with Amazon will have their book rights reverted back to them. Philip Patrick, Business Development Director at Amazon Publishing, said of Dorchester authors: “We are happy to be able to pay their back royalties and we’re thrilled to welcome them to the Amazon Publishing family.” For more on the auction purchase and Amazon’s involvement with the Dorchester community, click here.

We’ve just heard that Amazon will likely be acquiring what remains of Dorchester Publishing. The Internet giant has made a bid to acquire the assets of the struggling publishing house — and may be paying its debts, too.


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