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Boom! Pow! Ka-Ching!: Sales of Digital Comics and Graphic Novels

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  * * * Comics and graphic novels have been having a good run lately. Comichron and ICv2 – respectively, a database and journal covering the industry – estimate that, in 2015, total domestic sales reached a record of $1.03 billion. In their joint report, they note that in 2015, print sales accounted for a staggering $940 million, with about $535 million coming from graphic novels and $405 million from comic books; compare to 2000, when […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 1/23-1/27

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. Roxane Gay pulled her forthcoming book in protest of Milo Yiannopoulos‘s deal with Simon & Schuster. The New York Times will no longer give comics their own bestseller list, and explained why. Sales of 1984 are up after Kellyanne Conway used the phrase “alternative facts” on television. Amazon expanded […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 1/2-1/6

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. Scribd no longer offers digital comics in their subscription model.  Amazon will open two more physical bookstores in Manhattan and Boston. Platform for digital publishing, Medium, laid off a third of their staff this week.  HarperCollins is now full owner of HarperCollins Brasil.  Librarians are […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 12/12-12/16

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. Amazon and HarperCollins are bringing Devotionals Daily to Amazon electronics. The Association of American Publishers sent President-Elect Trump a letter about copyright. Children’s Book Week will be seeing some changes in 2017. Jaime Carey has resigned as head of development and restaurants at Barnes & Noble. Macmillan and the New York […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 11/28-12/2

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. Julian Barnes, and some of his peers, have objected to American inclusion in the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Penguin Random House announced that it will cover half the price of a PEN America membership for interested employees. Johanna Basford, adult coloring book doyenne, was appointed to the Order of […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 11/21-11/25

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. Indies First Day will celebrate its third year this Saturday.  President Obama wrote a travel essay for Lonely Planet.  Publishers are in a mad dash to publish political books post-election.  Barnes & Noble hired a new COO, Demos Parneros, formerly of Staples. Amazon will no […]

The Beginner’s Guide to the Backlist

Historically, American publishing houses had three seasons a year: fall, winter, and spring. This had a lot to do with the physical limitations of selling and shipping books across the country, especially in the eras before air-conditioning and Skype. Most modern publishers still operate on two to three seasons a year, in part because it’s often easier to break a year’s business goals down into sub-goals. After six months, a once-new title is replaced by something even newer, and the focus of the industry moves on – and that’s where […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 11/7-11/11

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. American book publishers emphasize the power of books after the election.  PEN America composed a response to Trump’s election win.  Independent Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) approved a plan to merge with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) this week. Third quarter profit results came in for […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 10/31-11/4

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. Amazon rolled out a reading app for kids. Next year’s BookExpo America will be retooled and renamed. Bookstore and library records retain protection from search under the PATRIOT Act. Ron Boire is leaving Barnes & Noble with $4.8 million in severance.  Non-Prime members pay more at Amazon‘s physical bookstores. Bonus: Electric […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 10/3-10/7

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. The possible unmasking of Elena Ferrante has drawn swift condemnation from her fans. National Book Awards finalists were revealed yesterday morning. Amazon launched a new benefit for Prime subscribers: increased ebook access. Penguin Random House and Crown Publishing Group are getting into the serialized fiction game on October […]