July 9, 2018

Book Clubs Are Really Having a Moment Right Now

Fortune

It’s not just Oprah Winfrey or even your friends trying to coordinate a suitable date on a never-ending reply-all Gmail thread anymore. Book clubs are more popular than ever, with bookworms meeting up through more and more social media-based communities moderated by publishers, celebrities, popular newsletters, and even “influencers.”

While book clubs themselves are nothing new and a rather old school version of socializing, there has been a proliferation as of late for book clubs as a method for connecting with readers (a.k.a. consumers) while boost branding, whether it be for a company or personality. With some book clubs being advertised on city subways and even national TV shows, lucrative opportunities are ripe for marketers, publishers, and authors.

What Audiobooks.com’s CEO Thinks of the Industry’s Double-Digit Growth

Forbes

Ian Small, CEO of Audiobooks.com, speaks on the current success and future promise of audiobooks: “With the more recent adoption of smartwatches, smart home speakers and other connected devices, audiobooks are able to integrate with people’s lifestyles more than ever before, and I don’t see that slowing down anytime soon.”

July 2, 2018

Science Fiction And Fantasy Book Sales Have Doubled Since 2010

Forbes

Combined print and digital book sales in the genres of science fiction and fantasy have doubled since 2010, according to data from the publishing industry analysis blog Author Earnings. This reality is going unreported, Author Earnings notes, largely because of a lack of transparency surrounding the amount of sales from nontraditional publishers.

The news, from a presentation given in May 2018 at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s 52nd Annual Nebula Conference, relies on new data covering 2017 book sales from a raft of different sources: NPD Pubtrack, NPD Bookscan, and Amazon ebook sales.

Newsprint tariffs threaten ‘hundreds of thousands of jobs’ in journalism and publishing

Northwest Indiana Times

An industry group is asking for signatures to a petition against newsprint tariffs it says could threaten hundreds of thousands of jobs in journalism and publishing nationwide.

Stop Tariffs on Printers & Publishers, or STOPP, is gearing up for a hearing before the International Trade Commission on tariffs of up to 32 percent on newsprint imported from Canada.

“Our members want to make sure decision makers understand the impact this case will have on over 600,000 jobs in the publishing and printing industries,” said Paul Boyle, senior vice president of public policy at the Arlington, Virginia-based News Media Alliance. “These tariffs have already had a disruptive impact on the news industry with increased costs, job loss and supply issues. We are doing everything we can to make sure that local newspapers do not become extinct.”

This Week’s Bestsellers: July 2, 2018

Publishers Weekly

June 18, 2018

Amazon comes under fire for removal of book reviews.

The Bookseller

Author Isabella May told The Bookseller that she had had a “hellish week” of losing reviews for her two novels, published by a small independent Crooked Cat Books. “I have lost a whopping 11 reviews for my two novels in the space of just a week,” the novelist said. “Everything I am doing now as an author is about raising my profile and following my long-term vision, so as you can imagine, it’s quite upsetting to see one book plummet from a very respectable 55 reviews down to 49, and the other (more recently published title) fall from 36 reviews to 31. For a high profile author who may no longer feel the need to check their reviews, this is but a drop in the ocean. But for a new voice, it’s everything, and very distressing – particularly as my publisher retail solely online and solely via Amazon.”

Fiction writers turn their attention to Donald Trump.

Tampa Bay Times

He might not have intended it, but Donald Trump has been good for book publishing.

It has been well documented that reaction to his presidency boosted the sales of such classic novels as The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and 1984 by George Orwell.

Nonfiction books about Trump — many of them critical — have dominated bestseller lists for most of this year. Michael Wolff’s scorching Fire and Fury has sold 2 million copies and been optioned for television, and Wolff recently announced he’s working on a sequel (though his White House access is pretty well shot).

Book Deals: Week of June 18, 2018.

Publishers Weekly

E-Book Self-Publishing—It’s a Minefield Out There

Self-publishing an e-book is relatively quick and easy nowadays, which is why so many authors are taking that route. If you’re one of them, you might want to read this article:

Indie Authors are being Preyed Upon

This excerpt from the article will give you a good idea of what it’s about:

When it comes to publishing a digital book yourself, there are a myriad of daunting barriers. How exactly do you formulate a proper table of contents? How do you convert your book from Word to EPUB or to a Kindle friendly format? What is the industry standard for line spacing, font types or margins? What is the average cover art size for Apple iBooks, or Barnes and Noble? Aside from just writing your book, you could spend months formatting it correctly to self-publish, if you never had to do it before. Not willing to learn, or to cut corners is prompting predatory behavior from publishing companies, vanity presses and unscrupulous review companies.