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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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Publishing's Top-Earning Authors Of 2011

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 10, 2012 | PERMALINK

Forbes.com has just posted the 15 top earning authors for 2011. Here is the list:

James Patterson: $94 million

Stephen King: $39 million

Janet Evanovich: $33 million

John Grisham: $26 million

Jeff Kinney, $25 million

Bill O'Reilly: $24 million

Nora Roberts: $23 million

Danielle Steel: $23 million

Suzanne Collins: $20 million

Dean Koontz: $19 million

JK Rowling: $17 million

George RR Martin: $15 million

Stephenie Meyer: $14 million

Ken Follett: $14 million

Rick Riordan: $13 million

The usual suspects top this year’s list of best-paid authors. Holding onto the number one spot is James Patterson who earned a cool $94 million (over double the amount of the next top earner). Patterson’s success stems from the incredibly large contracts that he commands as well as the amazing number of works the author publishes — 14 books in 2011.

Next on the list, raking in an amazing $39 million, is the ever-present and prolific Stephen King. Janet Evanovich, author of the best-selling Stephanie Plum series, which just hit the big screen in 2012, isn’t too far behind at $33 million.


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Alloy Entertainment To Publish YA E-books

BY Elissa Petruzzi, AUGUST 09, 2012 | PERMALINK

Fire up your e-readers, YA fans, because some e-only titles are coming your way from publishing juggernaut Alloy. 

Alloy — think, oh, Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars — is capitalizing on the growing popularity of e-books by starting an e-only initiative. “With more people turning to e-books to get their summer reading fix this season, we’re excited to offer these two perfect escapes to satisfy readers,” says Alloy Entertainment Brand Manager Kristin Marang of the titles, It’s the End of the World as We Know It by Iva-Marie Palmer, and The Art of Disappearing by Elena Perez. 

“A fan of Alloy’s TV and film content, I thought my story about a teen with emerging psychic powers would connect with their audience,” says Perez of the title, which tells the tale of a high school girl whose dream predicts the death of a classmate. The End of the World As We Know It, meanwhile, is billed as “The Breakfast Club meets War of the Worlds.”


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A Look At The Mid-Year Top Selling Books: From YA To Erotica

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 02, 2012 | PERMALINK

Although it’s a bit jarring to see these two genres neck-to-neck on top book lists, there’s no denying that erotica and Young Adult are the genres making waves across the publishing industry. Hot on the heels of the Hunger Games movie buzz, we watched the Fifty Shades phenomenon explode.

But what do these two vastly different series have in common? Both capture the imagination of fans with their dynamic lead characters, gripping action and fresh concepts. We’re especially pleased to these genre fiction series have been making so many headlines in mainstream news, leading the way for others to tread the path to success. And a glance at the year so far in terms of bestseller lists shows that many new tales in both these greats are following in the Hunger/Shades footsteps, steadily building to the top of the list.


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Project Gutenberg Launches Self-Publishing Library

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 23, 2012 | PERMALINK

Project Gutenberg is an online resource library of all the works in the public domain. It was founded by Michael Hart in 1971 in an attempt to coordinate a worldwide effort to create digital versions of the world’s classic literature. Until this point, Project Gutenberg has been focused on researching the copyright information of classic works, as well as creating e-book versions of the work and making them available to the public. However, Project Gutenberg has just announced that it has created a new facet to its website, the Authors Community Cloud Library. Authors can now upload — and distribute — their self-published works. 


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