Amazonian: Brazilian Booksellers, Publishers Begin Big Digital Push

In Digital by Maria Fernanda Rodrigues

By Maria Fernanda Rodrigues and Ricardo Costa of PublishNews.com.br SAO PAOLO: For the past several years Brazilian booksellers and publishers have watched and waited, content to let their colleagues abroad debate the positives and negatives of digital publishing. But two events in 2009 changed things. First was the Jornada de Nacional de Literatura de Passo Fundo (National Literature Journey of …

US E-book Sales top $30m in January, Matching Kids Hardcovers

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Perhaps fueled by people filling up the new e-readers they received over the holidays, e-book sales in January jumped a drastic 261.2% over the same period last year in the United States, according  to the most recent statistics released by the AAP. As a category e-book sales equaled that of children’s/YA hardcover book sales, which fell 41.6%, …

PW Says 2009 Bestsellers Lost Ground to the Long Tail

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka PW has posted its annual analysis of the top selling book titles of the previous year, in this case, 2009. In summary, PW’s Michael Coffey noted, “bestsellers don’t sell in the numbers that they did in the past,” adding that the “numbers are rich with anecdotal surprises and bald truths.” The most telling paragraph comes toward the middle …

French Expect E-books to Push Book Prices Down

In Global Trade Talk by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary A study conducted in France and reported in Livres Hebdo shows that 83% of French people “ignore” fixed book prices (i.e. are not aware of them) when making purchasing decisions. In fact, they think that that brick and mortar bookstores are a more expensive sales channel in comparison to online retailers when, in reality, book prices are …

No Surprise: Apple Users Most Likely to Buy iPads

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary One thousand German Internet users were asked by the market research institute Yougovpsychonomics if they plan to buy an iPad this year. As reported in the Boersenblatt, 20% of them answered “yes,” with 4% saying they would definitely purchase one and 16% saying it was very probable. The interest was greatest among people who already use Apple …

German, UK Book Sales Drop in January

In Global Trade Talk by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary and Edward Nawotka Book sales in Germany dropped much like the temperature in January, coming in 7.8% lower than the same month last year. The results, compiled by the Deutsche Industrie- und Handelskammertag and reported in Buchreport, were attributed to a number of factors. First off, January 2010 was one shopping day shorter than January 2009 (which …

German Publishing M&A Activity Down in 09

In German Buch News by Edward Nawotka

By Siobhan O’Leary There were only 38 mergers and acquisitions in the German publishing and media industries in 2009, as compared with 66 in 2008, according to the consulting firm Bartholomäus & Cie and as reported in Buchreport. The acquisition of bol.com from the Holtzbrinck Group by Dutch equity investor Cyrte Investments was, according to B&C, the largest deal in the …

“Millions of people now own Kindles”

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “Millions of people now own Kindles. And Kindle owners read, a lot. When we have both editions, we sell 6 Kindle books for every 10 physical books. This is year-to-date and includes only paid books — free Kindle books would make the number even higher. It’s been an exciting 27 months.” The statement was made by  Jeff …

Best of '09: Analysing the Global Ranking of Publishers

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

As 2009 comes to a close we wanted to celebrate by bringing you a week’s worth of your favorite articles that we’re run on Publishing Perspectives. We’ll be back on Monday, January 4, with our next new feature. In the meantime, enjoy the best of ‘09 and check our news blog for updates and analysis. Today, industry consultant Rüdiger Wischenbart …

The Best Year-End Book Lists You Never Knew Existed

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

Editorial by Andy Selsberg At the end of each year, our innate human itch for lists gets pretty well-scratched: best, worst, and most-seen movies, top songs, choicest quotes, most salacious scandals, hottest web memes—you name it. When it comes to books, I admit I’m often more excited about reading bestseller lists than I am about reading the bestsellers. I think …