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E-Book Sales Up 43 Percent From Last Year
May 15, 2013 | 3:18 pm

E-BookThe numbers of e-books sold every year continues to rise, and publishers are making more money from them, too. Data from the annual BookStats study released by the Association of American Publishers and the Book Industry Study Group on Wednesday May 15 showed 457 million e-books were sold last year, accounting for 20 percent of all book sales reported by publishers. That’s up from 15 percent last year. Sales of fiction e-books rose by 42 percent in 2012, while the growth in sales of nonfiction e-books was just 22 percent. Perhaps most telling, however, was the fact the "e-book sales in the children’s...

Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Appoints New Executive Director
April 26, 2013 | 3:26 pm

IBPAThe Independent Book Publishers Association yesterday announced that it has selected Angela Bole, currently the deputy executive director of the Book Industry Study Group, as the association’s next executive director. Bole will be replacing Florrie Binford Kichler, who will be retiring from the IBPA this June. “IBPA has been uniquely positioned as the heart and soul of independent publishing for 30 years,” said Angela Bole, in a release. “Being extremely passionate about books and storytelling in all possible genres and formats, I knew right away IBPA was the perfect fit. It’s a community center, a support network, an education hub, and proof that it’s...

Study shows tablets continue to overtake e-readers
April 8, 2013 | 12:00 pm

tabletsMy e-reader sits on the bookshelf, dust growing on it every day. My Nook Simple Touch used to be one of my favorite gadgets—I carried it everywhere, even just to sneak a couple of pages here and there. I’ve replaced my e-reader with a tablet. I ordered a Nexus 7 last July (a birthday present) when the first batch was ready to hit the market. I use it to surf the 'net, check Facebook and Twitter, play games and, of course, read. I’m definitely not the only one. The Book Industry Study Group recently released information from the Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading survey...

Bowker Research Shows Australia is a Global Leader in E-Book Adoption
May 24, 2012 | 9:19 am

Images From the press release by the Book Industry Study Group: ...The Global eBook Monitor finds that men are slightly more likely to have engaged with the digital book market than women. The 18-24 age group leads in use, just a little ahead of those aged 25-34. However, that may change shortly. 'Although current e-book use tends to decrease with age, those most likely to come into the market in the next six months are somewhat older than current buyers,' said Ms. Henry. 'That's the pattern we're seeing in both the U.S. and the U.K.' The Global eBook Monitor (GeM)...

Ebook consumers preference for tablets is accelerating rapidly, says BISG
May 1, 2012 | 9:45 am

Images From the press release.  I should note that Book Industry Study Group surveys are pretty rigorous in their methedology: E-book consumers' preference for tablets is accelerating rapidly as dedicated e-readers drop in popularity, according to the Book Industry Study Group (BISG)'s closely watched survey. The second installment in Volume Three of the study shows that, over the course of just six months, consumers' 'first choice' preference for dedicated e-readers such as those from Amazon and Barnes & Noble declined from 72 percent to 58 percent. Tablet devices are now the most preferred reading device for more than 24 percent of e-book...

College Faculty Continue Their Love Affair with Print Textbooks, says New BISG Study
April 19, 2012 | 9:17 am

Logo From the press release: Research finds overwhelming percentage of faculty feel students need texts to succeedÂ… and they prefer them in print New York, NY (April 18, 2012) -- A first ever survey of college faculty perceptions toward classroom materials found that professors continue to equate their own and their students' successes in the classroom to the use of materials such as textbooks and most prefer print formats. Faculty Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education, led by the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) and powered by Bowker Market Research, reveals that 93 percent of faculty feel students who use required course materials...

Ebook consumers increase their purchases of both print and ebooks, says survey
February 29, 2012 | 9:15 am

Logo From the press release of a survey conducted by the Book Industry Study Group: E-book consumers are increasing their purchase of books -- both print and e-book formats -- online and especially through in-app purchasing, and decreasing their use of brick-and-mortar stores, according to the Book Industry Study Group (BISG)'s closely watched Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading survey. The first installment in Volume Three of the survey reveals that more than half of e-book readers increased their use of apps to purchase books and more than one-third increased their use of general retail websites such as The gains for these...

BISG releases policy statement on assigning ISBNs to digital products
December 9, 2011 | 9:37 am

Screen Shot 2011 12 09 at 9 37 23 AM This is an important matter that has created quite a bit of controversy in the industry.  From the press release: The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) announced today the publication of a new Policy Statement detailing best practices for assigning ISBNs to digital products. Developed over the past 18 months within BISG's Identification Committee, BISG Policy Statement POL-1101 addresses the critical need to reduce product identification confusion in the market place in order to provide the best possible consumer-level purchasing experience. BISG encourages all member companies and other industry stakeholders to download the Policy Statement online at and work toward adopting the suggested...

Book Industry Study Group completes Volume 2 of their survey: lots of juicy information
November 9, 2011 | 9:42 am

Images From the press release (blockquotes omitted): E-book sales can be expected to continue growing as readers show increased loyalty to and satisfaction with the digital format, according to Book Industry Study Group's (BISG) closely watched Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading survey. Results of the final installment in Volume Two of the survey show that nearly 50% of print book consumers who have also acquired an e-book in the past 18 months would wait up to three months for the e-version of a book from a favorite author, rather than immediately read it...

BISG – The usability of EPUB 3.0, with Brett Sandusky and Jeff Olson
September 20, 2011 | 11:46 am

Logo Brett Sandusky is Director of Product Innovation, Kaplan Publishing.  Jeff Olson is Vice President of Research, Kaplan Test Prep. Partnered with IDPF in EPUB 3 pilot working group. Sandusky: project is to produce to mini ebook editions, 2 to 3 chapters -of MBA Fundamentals: Accounting and Finance -  one in Epub 2 and the other in Epub 3.  Expect to finish pilot in end-Q1 of next year.  Want to set market sensitivity to price point of enhanced Epub 3 features, evaluate new Epub 3 technologies from a customer viewpoint and prioritize investment in emerging and future Epub 3 technologies.  Test case features...

BISG – The Size and Shape of U.S. Publishing, with Kelly Gallagher
September 20, 2011 | 11:27 am

Logo Kelly Gallagher is Vice President of Publishing Services, RR Bowker. BookStats guiding principles: solid methodology, broad participation, flexible & trendable data set and tools.  Long term, trustworthy approach to getting numbers.  Looks at industry from perspective of category, format and channel.  Standardizing on what is meant by each term.   Collected data from 35,000 publishers, three years of sales and unit data and three levels of participation. Source data results from $14.8 billion in source data and from 1.963 publishers.  Came up with a way to stratify the industry so that can categorize sales.  Allows them to put every publisher in a...

BISG – Supporting an industry in transformation, with Len Vlahos, Executive Director, BISG
September 20, 2011 | 10:30 am

Logo What's coming down the road. Opportunities:  sales are up,  BISG book stats now give the best picture of the industry.  Trade books grew 5%, professional books 6% and Higher ed sales 12%.  Ebook sales are moving fataster than light.  In ebooks, the number of titles acquired for fee is dropping over time.  Means that people reading more and that consumers are becoming accustomed to paying for ebook content.  Consumer ebook study is good news in that consumers are buying more and more devices.  Number of people who own a dedicated ereader has quadrupled since 2009.  Ebook reading on tablets is fairly...