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How to Fix Amazon's Review System

Warren Adler | Posted 03.30.2013 | Books
Warren Adler

For Amazon, the system began with good intentions as a marketing device for books, but unintended consequences have made it both an unreliable and suspect platform. Worse, it has tempted the unscrupulous.

Sales Of Print Books Fell Again In 2012

Posted 03.06.2013 | Books

Sales of print books fell just over 9 percent last year, according to Publishers Weekly. Reporting on figures tracked by Nielsen BookScan, which t...

What's Your Number? Confessions of an 'Amazon Rank'-Obsessive and Soon-to-be 'Author Central' Addict

Nora Zelevansky | Posted 09.15.2012 | Books
Nora Zelevansky

My father-in-law turned to me and asked: "So, what's your number?" I looked back at him blankly. I was so naive in those days (last week). That was when I learned about the Amazon Best Sellers Rank.

'Independent Booksellers Have Never Faced Anything Like Amazon'

Steve Rosenbaum | Posted 07.25.2012 | Technology
Steve Rosenbaum

For all the talk about 'monetization' -- the actual business of media often gets shorted on the industry conference circuit.

A New Way To Sell Books?

Posted 05.21.2012 | Books

If you're struck by wanderlust but are short a few vacation days this summer, reading can transport you anywhere: the west coast, the Himalayas, Europ...

Infographic: How A Book is Born

Madeleine Crum | Posted 05.15.2012 | Books

There's much romantic talk about a writer's process. An epiphany, some procrastination, an extended trip to an isolated wooded area, immense frustrati...

The Most Well-Read Cities In America

Posted 05.16.2012 | Books

Amazon has released their second annual list of the most well-read cities in the country, based on their book, magazine and newspaper sales data in bo...

Two Hats For Today's Writers (and 10 Awful Truths)

Christopher Meeks | Posted 02.17.2012 | Books
Christopher Meeks

Today's writer needs to wear two hats: those of the artist and of the marketer.

Maddie Crum

Does Beautiful Design Turn Novels Into Accessories?

HuffingtonPost.com | Maddie Crum | Posted 12.09.2011 | Books

Retailer Anthropologie has a myriad of holiday gift suggestions on their website: "brrrilliant" polka-dot gloves, misshapen mugs made of blown glass a...

Which New Book Sold More Copies Than Steve Jobs Biography?

AP | Posted 01.11.2012 | Books

NEW YORK -- The conclusion to Christopher Paolini's "Inheritance" fantasy cycle sold nearly 500,000 copies on its first day of release, one of the yea...

Borders' Liquidation Sales an Unexpected Boon for Authors

Karen Dionne | Posted 11.29.2011 | Books
Karen Dionne

When a bookstore closes, it's always a loss -- for the community, for readers, and most especially, for authors. The impact of the closing of 600 Borders bookstores is incalculable.

Look Who Might Benefit From Demise Of Borders

Posted 09.18.2011 | Business

NEW YORK (Phil Wahba) - Bookstore chain Barnes & Noble Inc (BKS.N) will eventually feel a modest boost from the liquidation of its largest rival, ...

WBEZ Asks: What's Killing Feminist Bookstores?

WBEZ | WBEZ | Posted 09.12.2011 | Chicago

A few weeks ago a reporter friend of mine who grew up in Portland, OR shared an article on Facebook that appeared in the June 22nd edition of the Wila...

Amazon: eBook Sales Surpass Printed Books

AP | Posted 07.19.2011 | Technology

NEW YORK -- Amazon.com Inc. on Thursday said that, after less than four years of selling electronic books, it's now selling more of them than printed ...

eBook Sales Increase, Paperback and Harcover Book Sales Plunge

eBookNewser | Jason Boog on March 17, 2011 9:52 AM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In January's Association of American Publishers (AAP) report, they revealed that eBook net sales went from last year's 32.4 million dollars to 69.9 mi...

Do Negative Book Reviews Actually Increase Book Sales?

mhpbooks.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Bill Morris at The Millions drew our attention to this Marketing Science research paper that explores the impact of negative New York Times book revi...

Where Will Books Find Their Champion?

Carol Hoenig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Carol Hoenig

I was part of a staff that helped open a Borders on Long Island. Back then, employees were required to take an intensive test to assess our knowledge about the products we'd be selling.

'True Grit' Book Sales Up, Thanks To Movie

usatoday.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

For True Grit, Oscar buzz intersects with book buzz. And there's more buzz: Angelina Jolie pens a blurb for Gayle Lemmon's Dressmaker of Khair Khana, ...

Books Sold By Their Covers: New Market In Digital Age

The New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Book lovers, you can exhale. The printed, bound book has been given a stay of execution by an unlikely source: the design community. In this Kindle-an...

Simon And Schuster Year End Results: Children's Division 'Strongest In Their History'

publishersweekly.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In a year-end letter to employees that dealt heavily with digital developments and its impact on the industry and Simon & Schuster, company CEO Caroly...

Amazon Grants Nielsen BookScan Information To Authors

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In a move to provide authors with a service their publishers have not, Amazon is making current Nielsen BookScan sales data available to authors on it...

Best Of The Year

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Following our first round of the best book covers of 2010, we have another 25 outstanding covers from 2010.

The Demise of the Bookstore

Grant Cardone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Grant Cardone

Are traditional bookstores headed for the same demise as Blockbuster? If the traditional brick and mortar book stores cease to exist, it will be blame...

Earnings Up At Simon And Schuster, Despite Decline In Sales

publishersweekly.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Despite a 5.5% decline in sales, adjusted operating income at Simon & Schuster rose 10.9% in the third quarter, to $29.5 million. Revenue in the perio...

News Corp Buries HarperCollins' Earnings

DailyFinance | SARAH WEINMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

A number of major book publishers reported earnings this week and, by and large, the news was good, if not spectacular. But HarperCollins, which was s...