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Bowker launches internation ebook monitoring project
October 13, 2011 | 9:33 am

Images From the press release: “Being able to track the growth rates of e-books on a global level as countries make the shift to digital books is significant,” said Kelly Gallagher, vice-president of publishing services for Bowker. “This landmark effort will provide the international publishing industry with key metrics in understanding digital opportunities as they emerge.” The project will map the current state of e-book use and acceptance around the world, creating a benchmark from which to track trends during subsequent studies. The research will target representative samples from the U.K., U.S., Germany,...

Peak book value, by Eric Hellman
August 25, 2011 | 9:21 am

"Don't be an author unless you can't not be an author" was the triple negative I heard at recent author's panel in my town. The speaker was a literary agent offering scant encouragement to hopeful authors. Making a living by writing books is just so difficult these days, that only pure love and passion for writing can justify such a poorly rewarded existence. Part of the reason for this is basic supply and demand economics. On the demand side, people will read only a certain number of books per year, and only...

Fiction is the driver for ebook sales
June 20, 2011 | 9:40 am

Images According to Publishers Weekly: Fiction is the leading sales driver of e-books, and just how dominant that segment has been is clearly seen in a new market study just released by Bowker. According to "2010–2011 U.S. Book Consumer Demographics & Buying Behaviors Annual Review," fiction accounted for 61% of unit sales in 2010 and 51% of revenue, putting it far ahead of other segments. The children's segment generated 12% of unit sales in 2010, placing it second behind fiction, while nonfiction accounted for the second highest amount of e-book revenue in 2010, with the segment representing 14% of sales.Another indication of...

Bowker releases annual book publishing report
May 18, 2011 | 10:27 am

Screen shot 2011 05 18 at 10 26 15 AM From the Bowker Announcement: Traditional publishing grows a modest 5%, while POD sends print total over a record 3 million Bowker [has] released their annual report on U.S. print book publishing, compiled from its Books In Print database.  Based on preliminary figures from U.S. publishers,Bowker is projecting that despite the popularity of e-books, traditional U.S. print title output in 2010 increased 5%. Output of new titles and editions increased from 302,410 in 2009 to a projected 316,480 in 2010. The 5% increase comes on the heels of a 4% increase the previous year based on the final 2008-2009 figures. The non-traditional...

Digital sales up for second quarter according to Bowker
October 4, 2010 | 11:37 am

images.jpgPublishers Weekly is reporting on a Bowker PubTrak Consumer analysis of second quarter market trends. Here are a few highlights. Go here for all the details. Digital sales accounted or 3.2% of unit purchases in the second quarter, up from 2.5% in the first quarter and from 1.9% in the 2009 second period. Books per buyer dipped from 2.7 in last year's second quarter to 2.4 in this year's second quarter. This figure includes ebooks. Ebook sales represented 5% of unit fiction sales, up from 3.5% in the first quarter. Ebooks have had less of an...

Bowker releases statistics on U.S. Book Consumer Demographics
August 25, 2010 | 5:02 pm

images.jpg From the Report Summary: Bowker released its much-anticipated 2009 U.S. Book Consumer Demographics and Buying Behaviors Annual Report today, providing the U.S. book industry with the most complete consumer-based research on who buys books and why. The 2009 Annual Report is culled from more 44,000 total respondents, responsible for the purchase of 118,000 books in 2009. [Clip] This year’s report provides data not available in any other source with a scope that captures the changing nature of retail channels, including the growing presence of such mass merchandisers as Wal-Mart. Further, the report captures the...

Survey: Consumer attitudes to ebook reading
August 5, 2010 | 7:33 am

images.jpgKat Meyer has an article over at Tools of Change about the Book Industry Study Group's latest consumer ebook survey. Here's a couple of items. A lot more at the site: # Right now Kindle holds the top spot for devices @ 40% - just passed the PC/laptop in the last survey @39% # Almost all PC / Laptop are .pdf still # Nearly half (49%) of ereading devices continue to be acquired as a gift from someone else # Cost of entry is still the top reason people who read ebooks have not switched to a device. # Among ebook buyer, print is definitely...

Kindle overtakes computer as most popular ereading device says Bowker
June 7, 2010 | 9:00 am

handcuff.jpegThe Bookseller reports this result from Bowker's PubTrack survey. According to them, in November computers accounted for 47% and the Kindle 32%. In April, however, the Kindle had moved up to 40% and computers down to 39%. The article goes on to say that by April 32% of consumers were willing to wait 3 months to buy an ebook and that this is up from 30% in November. Further, "affordability" as a top feature of ebooks declined from 2.7 to 2.65, out of a scale of 3, in that period. Bowker said, at a presentation at BEA: “The new...

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