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(NEWS) by Jim Milliot — (This article was originally posted on Publishers Weekly.) Unit sales of print books rose 2% in 2014 at outlets that report to BookScan “Unit sales of print books sold through outlets that report to Nielsen BookScan rose 2.4% in 2014, with total units topping 635 million. The gain was driven …

Six Hacks to Improve Diversity in Book Publishing »

(NEWS) By Diane Patrick and Calvin Reid — This article was originally posted on Publishers Weekly. “The lack of diversity in the book publishing industry is not new or surprising to veterans of the business. PW first addressed the vexing issue of minority employment in a feature in the mid-1990s, and has since covered a variety …

Wattpad Pirates Get Craftier »

(NEWS) By Judith Rosen — This article was originally posted on Publishers Weekly. “A zero-tolerance policy on Wattpad, the social media site that claims 35 million readers and writers worldwide, has not done away with the problem of digital piracy on the site. Earlier this month over 41,000 readers downloaded free copies of a novel by …

Mass Market Paperback: Not Dead Yet »

(NEWS) This article was originally published on Publishers Weekly. By Jim Milliot (IBPA Board Member) — “When sales of e-books doubled in 2011 over 2010, it seemed as if the mass market paperback format might quickly sink into oblivion. Mass market sales in 2013 were down 52% from 2010 levels, according to BookStats. While sales …

Self-Published Books Topped 450,000 in 2013 »

(NEWS) This article was originally published on PublishersWeekly.com. By Jim Milliot (IBPA Board Member) “Although it comes with a number of caveats, Bowker’s newest report on the number of self-published titles rose again in 2013, increasing 16.5%, to 458,564. The increase was due entirely to the release of new print books which rose 28.8% to 302,622 …

Frankfurt Book Fair 2014: Betting Big on Publishing’s Future »

(NEWS) This article was originally published on PublishersWeekly.com. By Andrew Albanese “If you had $10 million to invest in a new publishing business today, with no limitations or obligations, where would you put your money? That was the question posed by Jakob Larsen, head of consulting, for Danish publisher Schilling at an opening panel at ConTec …

Distribution: IPG Signs 19 New Pubs »

(NEWS) (This article originally appeared on PublishersWeekly.com.) “Independent Publishers Group has added 19 new independent publishers to its client list, under IPG distribution, and its subsidiaries Trafalgar Square Publishing, River North Editions, and IPG Spanish Language distribution. IPG announced new partnerships with Reading Rainbow, Inc., Wild Iris Publishing, and Garlic Press. Trafalgar Square, which distributes U.K. …

Amazon Launching New Crowdsourced Publishing Program »

(NEWS) This article was originally published on PublishersWeekly.com. “After rumblings surfaced that Amazon is creating a new American Idol-style crowdsourced publishing platform, the e-tailer has confirmed that the program is “in the works.” The initial report about the program, from The Digital Reader, says the soon-to-launch initiative will offer authors the chance to have their work …

The Big Indie Books of Fall 2014 »

(NEWS) This article was originally published on PublishersWeekly.com and features IBPA Members Medallion Press and Santa Fe Writers Project. “Small and university presses have long been an integral part of the literary landscape. But as large houses—Random House and Penguin, Harper and Harlequin—continue to consolidate, the idiosyncratic viewpoints often represented by indies are more important than ever. …

Advanced Marketing Tactics for Indie Authors »

(NEWS) This article was originally published on PublishersWeekly.com. “Austen, Blake, Proust, Whitman, Woolf—the list of successful self-published authors is as old as traditional publishing itself. As long as there have been gatekeepers like agents, editors, and publishers, there have been determined writers who find creative ways to operate outside the castle walls. While an author like …

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