The Hot Sheet Reviewed – first December 2017 edition

The Hot Sheet is a publishing industry news-sheet for authors, produced every two weeks by Porter Anderson and Jane Friedman, and reviewed here every other Sunday as one of the best bi-weekly industry overviews available to authors. We’re not interested in delivering breaking news, but perspective on stories that are likely to retain meaning for your long-term decision Read More …

Cyber Monday Amazon’s biggest shopping day ever. But still way behind Alibaba. What future the international Kindle stores?

Cyber Monday 2017 broke records in the US. Amazon claimed it was even bigger than Prime Day, and it is believed to have accounted for over half of Black Friday’s online sales. Pretty good going from what is often termed the biggest e-commerce company on the planet. But by what definition? By market capitalisation Amazon comes Read More …

Tencent joins the half-trillion club, and look how close it is to Amazon…

On Tuesday Tencent, the Chinese e-commerce titan, leapfrogged Facebook to become the fifth most valuable company on the planet. China now holds two of the top six places in the world rankings for market capitalization, and while Apple is still too far ahead to be dislodged, both Tencent and Alibaba are within shouting distance of Read More …

The Hot Sheet Reviewed – second November 2017 edition

The Hot Sheet is a publishing industry news-sheet for authors, produced every two weeks by Porter Anderson and Jane Friedman, and reviewed here every other Sunday as one of the best twice-monthly industry overviews available to authors. We’re not interested in delivering breaking news, but perspective on stories that are likely to retain meaning for your long-term decision Read More …

Barnes & Noble removes manuscript editor from NookPress

NookPress, the self-publishing portal of the US bookstore Barnes & Noble, is “streamlining” the book upload process and will be removing its Manuscript Editor. NookPress is sending out the following email today: Dear Publisher, We wanted to let you know that we will be removing the Manuscript Editor feature in the next few weeks in Read More …

US National Book Awards to be live-streamed on Facebook

The National Book Awards are just a few days away (Wednesday 15 November) but the event is a by-invitation-only fundraiser that will set you back $1,250, so I’m thinking about watching it on Facebook Live. Thinking about it because time zones mean I’d rather be in bed, and besides, I haven’t read any of the Read More …

Book sales slightly down amid mixed publisher earnings reports

The publisher earnings reports are rolling in once again, and it’s a mixed bag, even as NPD Bookscan reports tracked book sales down This of course is by no means all book sales, but does reflect the performance of the bigger mainstream publishers. According to a summary over at Publishers Lunch, Print sales through outlets Read More …

BREAKING NEWS +++ PRONOUN CLOSING +++

It’s late evening GMT here in West Africa, as news emerges Pronoun, the too-good-to-be-true ebook aggregator has proven to be too good to be true. I’ll be back tomorrow with a more considered response to the news that Pronoun has stopped all uploads as of today and will formally shutter the operation on January 15th Read More …

Children’s books thrive amid the ups and downs of US bookstore retail. For now

With the pending closure of Book World’s 45 mid-west USA bookstores it may seem like another mortal blow to print books and bricks & mortar stores, but there are still reasons to be optimistic. The Canadian bookstore chain Indigo, for example, plans to open five stores in the US over the next two years. While Read More …

Canada’s Indigo to open five US bookstores

In blatant defiance of the popular chant that US retail is dead, and despite not yet being in profit itself, the Canadian “cultural department store” operator Indigo plans to open its first store in the US next summer, starting in New Jersey, with four more to follow. The New jersey store will be in a Read More …