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Publishing Sales Execs Consider the Future of Book Pricing

Mike Abbott

A trio of international publishing sales executives reflect on the different attitudes toward book pricing across the world, wondering what the future holds.

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Statistically Speaking, Japan’s Book Trade is in Trouble

Japan

Over the last 15 years, the number of publishers, bookstores and revenue from book sales in Japan has been in significant decline.

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Iceland’s Jólabókaflóð: The Christmas Book Flood

Jólabókaflóð...here come the wave of books.

In Iceland, the holiday season sees more than 800 books published and is responsible for 60-70% of all book sales in the country.

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Hachette Tests if Gumroad Can Sell Books on Twitter

Gumroad

Hachette has partnered with Gumroad, a company that enables direct sales through Twitter, to see if the social media platform can sell books.

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Hot Button Issues for English-Language Publishers in 2014

Mike Abbott, European Sales Director for Random House UK

In 2014, publishers dealt with shrinking bookstores shelves, opaque sourcing, Amazon v. Hachette and the continuing rise of self-publishing.

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Hachette UK Sees Flux in Global Rights Markets

Jason Bartholomew is Director of Subsidiary Rights for Hachette UK, and serves as Rights Director for Hodder & Stoughton, Headline Publishing Group, and John Murray Press.

Jason Bartholomew reports on international rights markets for Hachette books. Germany is a stalwart, southern Europe suffers and emerging markets are rising.

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Print Continues to Outsell Digital During First Half of 2014

Ebook bundling

New numbers from Nielsen Books & Consumer show that ebook sales were outsold by both hardcovers and paperbacks in the first half of 2014.

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The Invisible Growth in the Industry…or WYSIATI

Judith Appelbaum

BISG award-winner Judith Appelbaum reflects on changes in the industry and explains why the lack of statistics on self-publishing is misleading us all.

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The Publisher Who Said “No” to Amazon

Randall White

Randall White, CEO of the Educational Development Corp, an Oklahoma-based book distributor, explains why he pulled all his company’s 2,000 titles from Amazon.com.

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UK Readers Fall in Love With Translations

The Collini Case, a translated mystery from Germany, has been especially popular in the UK.

The Observer notes that British readers appear to be buying more translated fiction than in the past, and not just Scandinavian thrillers. Could this be the start of something bigger?

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