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Grafs and Bookstats 2012
By OFW Editor:
Carlos J Cortes
Published: July 24, 2012
Everything hinges on the first paragraph of your book or story. A well-crafted first paragraph can convince a reader to buy your book or a magazine subscriber to read your article.
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The 2012 edition of Bookstats, released a few days ago, includes data provided by 1977 publishers from all four industry sectors. The survey is available for purchase in three versions: as a customizable interactive online dashboard, an executive summary providing major highlights and a full in-depth report including each area’s granular data. The executive summary costs $99 while the full report will set you back $2,395. You can buy it
Key highlights, as reported by
The Association of American Publishers,
In the overall Trade sector (encompassing Fiction and Non-Fiction for
Children, Young Adults and Adults), eBooks’ net sales revenue more
than doubled in 2011 vs 2010. This significant growth was particularly
fueled by eBooks’ performance in the Adult Fiction segment where, for
the first time, it ranked #1 for the year in net revenue among all
individual print and electronic formats.
Among categories, both Religion and Children’s/Young Adults showed
strong growth while Children’s/YA ranked as the fastest-growing category
in publishing in 2011.
Despite the negative impact of Borders’ bankruptcy and closures, particularly
on print book sales, through three quarters of 2011, the Trade market held
up equal with 2010 revenue figures, even showing a slight increase.
Brick-and-mortar retail remains the #1 sales distribution channel for
publishers in 2011, as it did in 2010. Publishers’ revenue from
direct-to-consumer sales nearly doubled, topping $1 billion
for the first time.
There you have it; the industry is doing fine and selling more books than ever.
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