OMG, you have got to go look at these satiric Q&A signs for bookstores. Makes you totally understand what booksellers go through.
A few samples:
"Yes, we have that book with the green cover by that famous guy. It’s over in the books section."
"Where non-fiction? See the Fiction section? Everywhere but there."
"I’m trying to just be happy that you’re reading…but seriously, put down the Stephanie Meyers."
"It’s a green book with a flower on the cover? No problem. Because that’s totally how we organize this store."
Monday, June 27, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Over half of all ebooks purchased are fiction, according to the recently released Bowker "2010-2011 U.S. Book Consumer Demographics & Buying Behaviors Annual Review". Their survey of 40,000 book buyers reveals that fiction ebook sales account for 61% by unit and 51% by dollars. The other (various non-fiction and children's) genres measured ranged from 3% to 14% market share each.
Online retailers of books accounted for 30% of all sales in 2010, with the major bookstore chains captured 29%. It was clear that consumers buy both ebooks and print books more from online retailers. Amazon and Barnes&Noble tied as the U.S.'s largest volume booksellers in 2010.
Friday, June 17, 2011
The jobs of the hard-working Publishing staff are stressful. Therefore, as thoughtful and wise employers, we implement techniques and activities to reduce that stress. As displayed by this clip.
Proven stress-reducer: new Corgi puppy.
Thank you to Meghan for taking the video, to Kelli for starring in it, and to Raelene for supplying the puppy (who is now named Faolan, Gaelic for "little wolf").
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Forbes has an article listing the ten most powerful woman authors.
(June 6, 2011)
"The women selected for this list are powerful because of their ability to influence us through their words and ideas. Collectively, these women hold readers captivated with stories of fantastical worlds, suspense and drama, insights into the complexities of minority experiences and cultures, and fresh takes on societal issues and expectations…not to mention, book sales of up to 800M copies sold and a wealth of prestigious awards and recognition including Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes."
Read the article for details on these women. They are quite a diverse group.
Mary Higgins Clark
Joyce Carol Oates
These are all big, famous names. (And the list is limited to living authors.) But for many of us, the books and writers who influenced us personally are not such global personalities. Reading Georgette Heyer as a pre-teen gave me my livelong love of history, of social manners, and of romance novels. What female authors had an impact on your life?
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Amazon has announced that six authors have now sold more than 1 million Kindle books each: Stieg Larsson, James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Charlaine Harris, Lee Child and Suzanne Collins.
I'd love to know what the total number of ebook sales are for these authors, not just Kindle format sales. If you add the ePub format sold at Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo... Let alone the smaller e-tailers, direct from publisher sales; and then additional common ebook formats like PDF and others.