The Future Of Publishing Blog by Thad McIlroy

How Many Kindles Does It Take to Top Amazon Sales?

November 30th, 2009

How Many Kindles Does It Take to Top Amazon Sales?

I never quote verbatim from an entire blog post, but how could I do this one from the WSJ blogs any better? By Andrew LaVallee Amazon.com said Monday that the Kindle is having its best month ever. As always, however, it didn’t say how many sales that amounts to. The online retailer said in a…

November 29th, 2009

Book Publishing and DRM

Mike Shatzkin once again nails a tough topic with his blog posting, “Some thoughts about piracy.” DRM remains a tough subject for all, be they music, film, periodical or book publishers. Of course each face the challenge in somewhat different ways, both by dint of economics and because of practical realities. As Mike points out,…

November 25th, 2009

Magazine Closures: Trying to Understand the Numbers

As reported in MediaDailyNews, according to figures released by MediaFinder.com, part of Oxbridge Communications (the “publication of record” on all data related to North American magazine publishing companies and their titles), 383 magazines closed in the first nine months of 2009, compared with 259 new titles launching (emphasis mine).  However “the number of closures in…

November 20th, 2009

What it Will Mean When the eBook Comes First

I remember well, back in my days as Program Director at Seybold Seminars, where we all thought: OK, there’s print, and then there’s the web. So print will be repurposed to the web. Of course that was our print-centric viewpoint. It was shared by many. But these days web campaigns are usually planned before print campaigns,…

November 16th, 2009

A Snippet of Data on U.S. Bookstore Sales

From today’s Publishers Weekly: “Bookstore sales jumped 7.0% in September, to $1.58 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Monday morning. The increase was most likely due to gains at college stores and the release of The Lost Symbol in the middle of the month. Despite the September increase, and an upward revision in the August numbers, bookstore…