Print sales up. A swing from mass merchandiser to retail and club

While some industry commentators believe print is dead the print sales numbers continue to suggest otherwise, and publishers continue to defy the odds and report profits. Just this week Simon & Schuster UK inconsiderately announced it was “really strong financially”  and Walkers also reported soaring sales. Publishers Weekly this week reported print sales for the US for Read More …

A million poetry books sold in 2016

It’s a funny old world. Publishing is supposedly on its knees, decimated by digital, attention spans are supposedly shortening by the day and no-one reads any more, and video streaming and other distractions are wiping out any vestige of hope that literature might still be around next weekend. Meanwhile books continue to sell, publishers continue Read More …

Instagram Poets that outsell Grisham and Atwood

It was never meant to be like this. In those dark and gloomy days of 2011-13 it seemed to many observers that mainstream publishing had no future and digital would not just disrupt, but destroy publishing as we knew it. Not only were upstart start-ups like Amazon’s KDP, Apple’s iBooks, Kobo, Nook, Smashwords and a Read More …