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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 6/15-6/19

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 Authors Guild released a statement that its Fair Contract Initiative will take on royalty rates and new contract limits, among other things. Amazon and Penguin Random House reached a long-term agreement. Melville House sent copies of the Torture Report to the presidential candidates, with the […]

For What It’s Worth: Fixed Book Price in Foreign Book Markets

Earlier this year, France made publishing news headlines when its court ruled ebook subscription services like Kindle Unlimited illegal. The law cited was the Lang Law, which gives publishers the exclusive right to set the price of a book. Retailers are not allowed to discount more than 5 percent from this set price. You may be thinking, A measly 5 percent? Here in the United States, we’re used to seeing 50 percent or more slashed off our books. Price fixing in general is regarded as suspect and is, in fact, […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 2/16-2/20

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. Faber & Faber has been dropping hints that it might sever their connection with FSG to start their own US branch. Amazon looks to implement drone delivery in other countries since the FAA isn’t thrilled about drones in the US. A newly discovered book by […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 2/9-2/13

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 added comics and graphic novels to its subscription service and says new issues will be available about a month after their print release. After securing a number of titles from local publishers, Amazon launched Kindle Unlimited in Canada and Mexico. Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair […]

Listen Up! The Audiobook Revolution

Editor’s note: This was originally posted on our parent site, Publishing Trends. With audiobook sales numbers on the rise over the past two years, retailers have been searching for new ways to appeal to wider audiences. So far, the most common trends have been straight-to-audio publications, library digital downloads, abridged audiobooks, and an increase in subscription services.  However, speculation has begun to spread as to whether publishers should repackage audiobooks to be more similar to podcasts, given the format’s latest successes. At the end of November, Audible published The Starling […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 12/29-1/2

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. Kindle Unlimited authors are upset with Amazon for selling their books at low prices, affecting royalties. The Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture sold out in stores after Melville House’s  quick transformation of the report into a book. Wattpad users can now design their own book covers in its new Covers app. Amazon […]

Libraries and Licensing

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  * * * With the ever-increasing importance of libraries as a way readers can discover new authors and books, and the growing popularity of digital access, we thought it was time to post a comprehensive update on libraries and ebook licensing. It’s important to recognize that the large majority of libraries license, rather than buy, their ebooks.  This is a critical difference, because in licensing contracts, the first sale doctrine does not apply. For those […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 7/21-7/25

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. Amazon launched Kindle Unlimited, but to little fanfare without The Big Five. The New Yorker made their digital archives are free all summer long, and here are some suggestions on where to start. Amazon released its second quarter sales, revealing a 23% increase in sales, but a […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 7/14-7/18

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. This week, Amazon launched an ebook and audiobook subscription service for Kindle called “Kindle Unlimited.” Apple will pay $450 million in their ebook settlement. Booksellers from the famed Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris are raising funds to start an de Selby Press, an independent Irish […]