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What They're Buying, What We're Buying: A Look At Publishers’ And Readers’ Book Buying Habits Of 2011

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 06, 2012 | PERMALINK

With Publishers Marketplace and Nielsen Bookscan both releasing sales data for 2011, today we are comparing the book buying habits of publishers and readers. Publishers Marketplace tracks the deals that publishers have made with authors for upcoming works. And on the other side of book buying, Nielsen tracks the amount of print book purchases made by consumers. Together these two reports provide an interesting picture of the book industry's immediate past as well as a forecast of what we can expect in 2012 and beyond. 

 

Stats At A Glance

According to Publishers Marketplace, publishers made more new book deals in 2011 than they did in the previous year. Specifically, over five thousand more deals, which is a 5% increase from 2010. What does this mean for readers? We will be seeing more traditionally published books in the next few years.


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Amazon’s Best Selling E-Books of 2011

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 20, 2011 | PERMALINK

Amazon has just announced its lists of the best-selling books of 2011 in print and e-book formats. Looking at the e-book list says a lot about the reading choices that booklovers made this year. The winning e-books fall into three major categories; there are the big name mystery authors we couldn’t get enough of, the non-fiction books that gave us a look inside the lives of others and then three inexpensive self-published e-reads. 


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2011 Goodreads Choice Awards Winners Announced

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 06, 2011 | PERMALINK

Over 600,000 Goodreads users have voted, and their picks for best books of 2011 have been announced!

Goodreads is a social networking site (and bookworm heaven!) for readers, authors and publishers to share their favorite reads, write reviews and discover new books. With over 6.5 million users, the site has established itself as one of the largest communities of online readers to share their thoughts and where authors and publishers to determine what’s working and what isn’t based on reader input. The Goodreads Choice Awards are a prime example of crowd sourcing valuable fan opinions.

Several of our favorite authors won Goodreads awards this year, with tremendous representation from the Young Adult genre. Here are some notable YA wins for the 2011 Goodreads Choice Awards:

Best Book of the Year: Divergent by Veronica Roth (this title also won best YA sci fi/fantasy)

Best Author of the Year: Cassandra Clare, author of The Mortal Instruments series

Best YA Fiction: Where She Went by Gayle Forman


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Tags: Publishing Industry News, Young Adult
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Smashwords Helps Literary Agents Adapt To Digital Publishing

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, NOVEMBER 30, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today marks the last day of NANOWRIMO, and many writers who have worked hard all month long to complete manuscripts are now thinking about their next step: publication. E-book publication continues to be a popular option for both new and established authors, using either digital-only publishers or self-publishing platforms. With the success of this new method of publishing changing the industry quickly, many wonder what will happen to the one of the most important roles in print publishing: the literary agent.

Traditionally, literary agents have acted as the gatekeepers of the publishing industry, ensuring that publishers receive only the best manuscripts from the most talented authors. The “big six” publishers — Random House, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Hachette, Penguin and Simon & Schuster — have relied on literary agents to provide them with quality writing fit for print publication.

But is there room for literary agents in this new e-book era of publishing? Smashwords certainly thinks so. Smashwords, the world’s largest independent e-book publisher, has recently revised their policy in regards to literary agents and has even introduced new services for literary agents, making their role of publishing gatekeeper just as significant in the digital world as it is in the print world.


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Through The Doors Of The Kindle Owners' Lending Library

BY Whitney Sullivan, NOVEMBER 18, 2011 | PERMALINK

Across the publishing industry, the newest addition to the Amazon family of apps and special programs is causing waves: the Kindle Owners' Lending Library. Earlier this month, Amazon announced that Kindle owners who are also Amazon Prime members will be able to “borrow” books from Amazon free of charge. This has much of the publishing community, from editors to publicists, authors to agents, up in arms. But what does a Kindle Owners' Lending Library membership actually entail and what does a reader think about it?

In terms of what is happening on the industry front, there’s no mistaking the fact that Amazon did a poor job of explaining the program. From not being clear about which books would be included in the Kindle Owners' Lending Library or how the books’ rightsholders would be compensated, there are questions all around. (In some cases books are included from publicists or rightsholders that turned down the opportunity to be included in the program in it’s planning stages a few months ago.) Now there’s talk of boycotting the program and there are rumblings that the entire Lending Library should be pulled from Amazon's site.


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The Wall Street Journal Begins Tracking E-Book Bestsellers

BY Whitney Sullivan, NOVEMBER 02, 2011 | PERMALINK

As of this week, the Wall Street Journal is now including the top ten fiction and non-fiction e-books on their weekly bestseller lists. By including e-books, the WSJ joins the New York Times and USA Today, which were already covering bestselling e-books. However, unlike these other two publications, the WSJ uses Nielsen BookScan for their information about what is hot in the e-format.

The WSJ’s addition to expanded list of selling stats premiered last Saturday, with the e-bestsellers for the week that ended on October 23. In a statement about this addition, Nielsen BookScan stated that they will be mining data from “all major e-book retailers” and the lists are set to include any books topping that list that sell for ninety-nine cents or higher. That is to say, Nielsen will now be collecting data about e-book sales from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple and Google. 


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HarperCollins To Buy Inspirational Publisher Thomas Nelson

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, NOVEMBER 01, 2011 | PERMALINK

HarperCollins will soon purchase the inspirational publisher Thomas Nelson. HarperCollins already owns the lucrative faith-based publishing line Zondervan. And now plans are in motion for to buy Zondervan’s market rival, Thomas Nelson.

As we begin our month long celebration of the Inspirational genre, we were surprised to hear that the two largest inspirational publishing houses will soon be united under a single parent company. Thomas Nelson is one of the leading inspirational publishers in the world, and is renowned for their selection of inspirational fiction by genre heavy-hitters Ted Dekker, Colleen Coble and Beth Wiseman. Additionally, Thomas Nelson has steady sales in non-fiction as well. The company is known for their inspirational business books, gift books and Bibles. 

HarperCollins acquired Thomas Nelson’s rival, Zondervan, back in the 1980s, and has grown the line to be one of the largest faith-based publishers in the nation. When discussing the coming purchase of Thomas Nelson, HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray said it was the other company’s lineup of authors and content that made it such a good acquisition. Murray said, “Thomas Nelson adds further balance to our existing publishing programs.” 


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Amazon To Publish Mystery Novels

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 24, 2011 | PERMALINK

Following the announcement that Amazon will be publishing romance novels, the online retailer has revealed that it will also be entering into the mystery and thriller genres with its own publishing imprint. 

Named Thomas & Mercer after the streets around Amazon’s headquarters, the newest imprint will release four titles this fall including D.M. Annechino’s Resuscitation, J.A. Konrath and Blake Crouch’s Stirred, Kyle Mills' The Immortals and John Rector's Already Gone. These books will be available in Kindle e-book editions, audio and print. 

Thomas & Mercer is Amazon's fifth publishing imprint. Others include AmazonEncore which features emerging and new writers, AmazonCrossing which publishes translations of foreign language works and the aforementioned Montlake Romance. So what's next for Amazon? We predict a science fiction imprint, so stay tuned...


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Amazon Will Publish Romance Novels In Both Print and E-book Versions

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 05, 2011 | PERMALINK

Amazon, the leading online retailer, announced yesterday that they are launching a book imprint that will publish romance novels. Named Montlake Romance after a Seattle neighborhood, the imprint will release original, previously unpublished titles from popular romance authors in many different subgenres including romantic suspense, fantasy and paranormal stories as well as in general contemporary and historical romances.

Currently it is unknown how many titles Montlake Romance will be releasing, however, Amazon did reveal that award winning author Connie Brockway will launch the imprint with her novel The Other Guy's Bride this fall. Amazon will make Brockway's story available in Kindle, print and audio formats. 

So why the decision to move into publishing romance? Amazon's Vice President of Publishing Jeff Belle says, "romance is one of our biggest and fastest growing categories, particularly among Kindle customers." But don't expect Amazon to stop with just romance. Belle also adds that there will be more fiction publishing deals in the future. "[We] know our customers enjoy genre fiction of all kinds, so we are busy building publishing businesses that will focus on additional genres as well."


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