Germans Expected to Spend €1Bn on Books this Holiday Season

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary According to the latest consumer survey conducted by the Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung (GfK), consumer confidence is on the rise in Germany and booksellers in particular have reason to be optimistic about this year’s holiday shopping season. In an interview with GfK director Wolfgang Adlwarth, the Börsenblatt explored some of the implications of the survey for German publishers. …

E-book Bestseller Lists from New York Times Coming in 2011

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The New York Times announced yesterday that it will begin publishing e-book bestseller lists for fiction and nonfiction titles early next year. The Times created and verified its e-book tracking system over a period of two years, says Janet Elder, the editor of news surveys and election analysis. Book Review editor Sam Tanenhaus said the addition of …

E-Books, Google Editions and Struggling Book Sales

In Digital by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox (This story originally appeared in the Publishing Perspectives show daily at the Frankfurt Book Fair on 7 October 2010. Download the complete show daily here or click on the image to view the online version.) Livres Hebdo, in partnership with Publishers Weekly, buchreport, and The Bookseller, hosted a panel yesterday titled “CEO Talk: The Global Ranking …

Follett’s Fall of Giants E-Book Outsells Print in Spain

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams In Spain, amid all the Amazon buzz, ​prestigious bookseller Casa del Libro announced that a small bit of e-book history had been made, as the e-book edition of Ken Follett’s The Fall of Giants outsold the print edition in the company’s online store. The caveat is that online book sales in Spain are still tiny compared with in-store purchases, …

Do Book Fests Translate to Significant Sales for Publishers?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead article looks at the upcoming Brooklyn Book Festival and its embrace of international authors. In the past decade book festivals have become a featured event of the calendar year in many communities, particularly around the United States. But as the number of festivals proliferate, authors are increasingly in-demand to make appearances around the country. Sometimes …

Have We Missed Any Top-25 Bestseller Candidates?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story offers Noel L. Griese’s “best guess” as to the top 25 bestselling books of all time. Of course, it’s doubtful anyone can compile a completely accurate list of the top sellers of all time, given the notoriously unreliable nature of book sales statistics. It’s even more difficult when trying to include titles that originate overseas …

Kindle Books Outsell Hardcover Books on Amazon.com

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The Kindle and other e-reading devices have gotten lots of news coverage recently as retailers continue to drop the price of devices in order to gain a larger share of the growing e-book market. The Kindle is now priced at $189 (down from $259), and both the Kobo Reader from Borders and the Nook from Barnes & …

Do Publishers Inadvertently Dictate the Demographics of Readers?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Our lead article today looks at statistics from BookSwim.com which identify high-income suburban women — the proverbial soccer moms — and library users as key demographics of readers. This falls roughly in line with the results from earlier National Endowment for the Arts earlier studies that cited the same two groups as the most avid readers of …

World Cup Takes 23% Bite Out of German Book Sales

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary As Team Germany gears up for its make-or-break match with Ghana, Buchreport has released disappointing sales figures for last Friday, when Germany played (and was defeated by) Serbia. Book sales were down a whopping 23% over the same day last year, though the same dramatic effect has not been felt on the days when Germany hasn’t played. …