Are Book Sales Up or are Book Sales Down?

August 19, 2019

Last week the U.S. Census Bureau reported that U.S. bookstore sales dropped 5.1% in the first six months of 2019. I filed the report away — as I always do with industry sales reports — with the thought “up a little here, down a little there….” While a 5% shift is, by most measures, more than “a little,” it’s the up-and-down nature of publishing sales statistics that always strikes me. Up a little here, down a little there.

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Kickstarter Looks at the Future of Publishing

May 15, 2019

Everybody knows Kickstarter. Not everyone knows that Kickstarter is a major player in publishing, both for book-like objects and for journalism(more…)

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The Impact of Recessions on Publishing Industries, Part III: Books

April 2, 2019

In this third post of a three-part series, I’ll focus directly on the book publishing industry and how the next recession could be felt. I hope that an analysis of the impact of past recessions might arm us for the next. (more…)

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The Impact of Recessions on Publishing Industries, Part I

December 16, 2018

The upside of predicting a downturn in the economy is that eventually you’ll be right. The downside is that while the party’s still in full swing you’re just the grouchy guy in the corner, scowling at the other guests.

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Poetry Reading, they say, Is Up

June 9, 2018

In the Cathedral

Not quite invisible, the slow-time-gathering dust
falls upon the choir,
where stalls sing silently during the sermon.
It tells of a Saviour
who came to save this world
so to leave it sublime.
What happened?
Did He change His mind?

—David Beard, 1987

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