Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.
William Arthur Ward

Soft July for Trade Sales

From Publishers Weekly: Sales of adult books dropped 9.8% in July, compared to the same period in 2016, while sales in the children’s/young adult segment fell 36.8%. The statistics are derived from figures released by the Association of American Publishers as part of its StatShot program. The plunge in children’s/ya sales was due to the […]

Temperature check from two US CEOs at Frankfurt 2017

From veteran publishing consultant Mike Shatzkin: It is no surprise that the public remarks at Frankfurt by Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle and Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy contain gems worth pondering. Book publishing has been fortunate to have really smart people leading the biggest companies during our period of digital transition. The […]

We Take Responsibility for the Content

From Publishing Perspectives: In Brussels today (November 21), International Publishers Association (IPA) chief Michiel Kolman participated in the annual lecture event of the European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Assessment, or STOA. . . . . Kolman’s position in this diverse set of voices was as the day’s central representative of book and scholarly publishing, surrounded […]

Updates and Improvements

PG hopes no one is worrying due to the lack of postings for the last couple of days. All is well. An unanticipated break in access to the Internet should be remedied in full tomorrow – Wednesday – and posts will appear as quickly as usual considering the Thanksgiving holiday.  

This Key Metric Means Amazon’s Strategy is Working — For Now

From The Motley Fool: Amazon Web Services (AWS) segment continues to grow in importance for Amazon’s overall bottom line. For example, in Amazon’s third quarter, AWS’s operating margin (segment net sales minus operating expenses) came in at $1.17 billion, up from $861 million in the year-ago quarter. Better yet, these results were on total revenues of […]

10 years, 10 books — a look back at Kindle best sellers

From Amazon Charts: It was 2007, the year Prince rocked the Super Bowl in the rain, Bob Barker hosted his final episode of The Price Is Right, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallowswrapped up the saga of a boy wizard fighting the ultimate evil. It was also the year Kindle was born. Happy 10th birthday to […]

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