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UK Publishers Association tracks rising digital sales
July 22, 2014 | 2:26 pm

apple-time-to-use-digital-textbooksThe UK Publishers Association  has just shared its latest Digital Sales Monitor, tracking sales till end April 2014, which demonstrates that UK "digital sales increased from £119.9m [$204.78 million] from January-April 2013 to £132.5m [$226.3 million] in the same period this year, a rise of 10.5%. This continues the increasingly strong performance of the digital formats which in 2013 represented 16% of total book sales, and has grown a massive 305% over the past five years." Even these impressive figures, however, considerably underreport actual digital book sales in the UK as a whole. "Data from companies estimated to represent c75% of total...

New Smashwords Survey gives more tips, stats on self-publishing sales
July 15, 2014 | 12:31 pm

Smashwords Distribution NetworkAs one more contribution to the author earnings and self-publishing debate, alongside the UK Society of Authors, the UK ALCS, and Hugh Howey's AuthorEarnings, we have the 2014 Smashwords Survey from Mark Coker's Smashwords. Available in full via Slideshare, the Survey examines "aggregated retail and library sales data of Smashwords books," amounting in this period to "$25 million in customer purchases  aggregated across Smashwords retailers," over the period April 2013-March 2014, with one or two updated insights, and then parses the results "to identify Viral Catalysts ... anything that makes a book more discoverable and more enjoyable to readers." The key...

Veronica Mars movie will release simultaneously to theaters and on-line
February 21, 2014 | 7:41 pm

Veronica Mars The Veronica Mars Kickstarted movie is set to make its big-screen debut on 270 screens across the United States next month—and when it does, it will be available for on-line digital purchase and rental at the same time. This is unprecedented for a movie from one of Hollywood’s six major studios; most such films are heavily windowed with no rental or purchase possible until the movie has passed out of first-run and second-run theaters. This is made possible in part by the movie’s low-budget nature; the movie was mostly funded by a Kickstarter that raised $5.7...

First UK Bookseller Monthly E-Book Sales Ranking Puts Erotica on Top
August 2, 2013 | 11:00 am

UK book trade bible The Bookseller has just released the first in its recently-announced new monthly e-book sales rankings, "the first ever [UK] e-book chart that includes publisher-supplied volume sales numbers," for June e-book sales in the UK. And topping the list is "Entwined with You," the post-"Fifty Shades" erotic title by Sylvia Day from Penguin, which "sold more than 200,000 digital copies in June, ahead even of its print sales; meaning that it becomes the first title to top both monthly lists having sold more digitally than in print." The chart is available for free download, as per The Bookseller's own...

UK’s The Bookseller reinvents wheel, launches monthly e-book ranking
July 26, 2013 | 3:10 pm

The BooksellerIn a move surprising only for its incredible tardiness, UK book trade bible The Bookseller has announced that it will henceforth carry monthly e-book sales rankings, due to launch in the last week of July with June sales figures. The new monthly ranking, which The Bookseller describes as, an "industry first," will run: "with sales figures supplied by all the major trade publishers in the UK.  It is the first time regular e-book sales data will have been published, and builds on The Bookseller’s annual and quarterly reviews of the book market, which have included e-book volume numbers alongside print book sales." As...

Library advocates, used merchandise vendors lobby for digital ownership rights
November 13, 2012 | 8:54 pm

In his Copyright and Technology Blog, Bill Rosenblatt has an interesting column looking at the Owners’ Rights Initiative, a lobbying coalition of interested parties who have united under the slogan “you bought it, you own it,” seeking to promote the right to resell digital property. The group includes used book vendors such as Powell’s, movie rental firm Redbox, and used merchandise outlets like eBay, Overstock, and others. But it also includes a number of public library advocacy organizations, because if you “own” something like an e-book, you also have the right to lend it. The group seems particularly interested in Kirtsaeng...

Simon & Schuster digital revenue up
May 6, 2010 | 8:08 am

According to Paid Content S&S had a 233 percent increase in digital publishing revenue for Q1, to $12 million from $3.6 million. Digital now makes up 7.9 percent of S&S revenue. Here's a video of S&S Chief Digital Officer Elinor Hirschorn explaining the company's strategy. ...

In the UK digital book sales rise to 5% of total sales
April 17, 2010 | 9:38 am

kindle 2.jpgThe Publishers Association Statistics Yearbook is reporting that digital sales increased 27% over the two years to 2009, says the Bookseller. This represents 4-5% of the combined physical and digital sales of UK publishers. In general consumer titles nearly half were from ebook downloads and in trade publishing, which includes fiction, general non-fiction and children's books, ebooks showed a threefold increase....