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15 05 2017

As best-seller lists are cut, a looming disaster for publishers

11 05 2017

Re-post from Publishing Industry News – The Outline

Three months ago, The New York Times cut 10 categories from its Best Sellers list, including manga, paperback and hardcover graphic novels, children’s middle grade paperbacks and ebooks, young adult paperbacks and ebooks, ebook fiction and nonfiction, and paperback mass-market fiction. There are still 14 categories, including hardcover and paperback fiction, other children’s categories, and business books.

The literary world panicked, concerned that the loss would hurt their sales and make it even more difficult for smaller publishers, niche genres, and new authors. Now that some time has passed, the results of that change are starting to show.

The Times Best Sellers list has been around since 1931, with specific categories added later. The list has included the likes of Stephen King, Khaled Hosseini, and Chimamanda Adichie. The books on it are cultural mainstays; even if we haven’t exactly read each one, chances are that we’ve caught the trailer for the inevitable film adaption.

The Times gave little explanation for cutting the categories. A spokesperson for the paper told The Outline that “the change allows us to devote more space and resources to our coverage beyond the bestseller lists.” New York Times Book Review editor Pamela Paul also commented via three tweets that “The Times is not cutting back on coverage of these genres/formats but rather expanding on coverage in ways that reach more readers than the lists did. To wit: new graphic reviews by comic artists, more reviews and more news and features about then [sic] genre and it’s [sic] creators. We are big fans, and want to recognize growing readership. Stay tuned.” The Books desk hired two writers and announced three new columns earlier this month as part of its expanded book coverage, although nothing specifically suggested more attention would be paid to the categories that fell off the list.


Many felt the move seemed to delegitimize certain types of books, even if they’re popular. Graphic novels have been selling well and gaining prestige. “Shutting down Ppbk Graphic Books Bestseller List is unfortunate,” the cartoonist Raina Telgemeier tweeted at the Times. “So many new& established creators benefited from the recognition.”

Romance novels were also penalized because most of them fall into the mass-market paperback category. The Romance Writers of America, which boasts about 10,000 members, teamed up with several other genre-specific associations to issue a joint statement condemning the Times’s “tremendous mistake,” and predicting that the removals would ultimately “make the lists less relevant to authors and readers, as well as the entire publishing and library community.”

It’s difficult to say how much the Best Sellers list changes impacted sales, but the numbers don’t look good. Sales are hurting for several of the eliminated categories as of April 2017, with graphic novels 5 percent down in sales relative to this period last year, romance sales down 10 percent, and mass market sales down 6 percent, according to the NPD Group (formerly Nielsen Bookscan).

“I think it’s going to absolutely have a negative effect on, particularly, the mass market,” said Steven Zacharius, CEO of Kensington Books, a publishing house whose imprints boast a number of of New York Times best selling authors including Fern Michaels, one of the most recognizable names in romance.

Mass market books, the smaller 4-inch-by-7-inch genre books typically sold in drug stores, used to be a primary point of entry for new authors before the introduction of e-books. “I think that’s the most important market that they canceled, because that’s where most new authors start their career,” Zacharius said.

An executive of a publishing press who requested anonymity lamented the harmful effect the Best Sellers change would have on independent authors. “If you’re able to keep these independent authors off of best sellers lists, the acquisition price that a big five publisher may be willing to pay would be substantially less than someone who’s achieved New York Times or #1 New York Times best selling status,” the executive said.

Demand has surfaced for alternative lists to replace the Gray Lady’s, but none have yet succeeded.

Publisher’s Weekly already puts out a list, which includes several of the categories removed from Times list. USA Today and the L.A. Times also publish well-known lists, but none have achieved the clout of the New York Times. Amazon also has lists available on its site for top-selling books, but those, of course, only measure the books sold on Amazon, leaving a wide swathe of books purchased elsewhere unaccounted for. Additionally, an editor within Penguin Random House told The Outline that the lists available on Amazon are oftentimes “too granular” to appeal to the masses, who perchance aren’t looking in “Religious and Liturgical Dramas & Plays” or “Herb, Spice & Condiment Cooking” for their next read.

With the biggest vehicle for recognition of up-and-coming and indie authors now gone, one big worry for the future of the publishing world is how to get people to buy books by unfamiliar authors.

The editor at Penguin Random House who asked to remain anonymous, citing fear of backlash from institutions in the literary world such as the Times and Amazon, termed this dilemma “the problem of continued consolidation,” referring to the increasingly common pattern of publishers relying on only a few big name books a year to achieve commercial success. “Every publisher has one or two books they’re really dependent on,” the editor told The Outline. “And that’s just a shame for debut authors, for authors that don’t have brand names or don’t have huge platforms, it’s just much harder to take risks.”

Amazon’s “Buy Button” Policy Change Hurts Publishers and Authors

9 05 2017
An Open Letter from IBPA to the Indie Publishing Community:
Amazon’s “Buy Button” Policy Change Hurts Publishers and Authors
Dear Indie Publishing Community:On March 1, Amazon enacted a policy change that allows third-party sellers to compete for the Buy Box for books in “new condition.”

In case you’re not visualizing the Buy Box in your mind, it is this:

When you go to a product page on Amazon, the ADD TO CART Buy Box is the default offer. Other used options fall below the Buy Box. Where books are concerned, the default Buy Box has always belonged to the publisher. When you buy a book, Amazon pays the publisher 45% of the list price. This means your purchase is supporting the entity that published the book, namely the publisher, and authors are making a profit (albeit small) every time you buy because the publisher is paying an author royalty for each sale.

Now Amazon is giving that priority spot to third-party sellers, relegating the publisher button to a far less favorable position, below the landing page screen line, often last in a list of third-party sellers offering the book for a significantly lower cost in addition to free shipping.

The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) believes Amazon’s policy change, allowing third-party sellers to compete for the Buy Box for books in “new condition,” hurts authors and publishers.

Click here to read IBPA’s full explanation with scenarios.

IBPA will continue to research and monitor this situation and inform our members of any changes to the policy. In the meantime, we welcome reactions and additional scenarios in the comments section of the explanation linked above.

In Partnership,

— Angela Bole, IBPA CEO
— Peter Goodman, Publisher, Stone Bridge Press (IBPA Board Chair)
— Robert Price, Publisher, Price World Publishing (IBPA Board Treasurer)
— Elizabeth Turnbull, Senior Editor & Partner, Light Messages Publishing (IBPA Secretary)
— Brooke Warner, Publisher, She Writes Press (IBPA Board of Directors & Executive Committee)
— Ian Lamont, Founder, i30 Media (IBPA Board of Directors & Executive Committee)
— Leslie Browning, Founder & Senior Editor, Homebound Publications (IBPA Board of Directors)
— Robin Cutler, Director, IngramSpark (IBPA Board of Directors)
— Keith Garton, President & Publisher, Red Chair Press (IBPA Board of Directors)
— Shannon Okey, Publisher, Cooperative Press (IBPA Board of Directors)
— Karla Olson, Director, Patagonia Books (IBPA Board of Directors)
— Joshua Tallent, Director of Outreach & Education, Firebrand Technologies (IBPA Board of Directors)
— Mark Wesley, Owner, me+mi publishing (IBPA Board of Directors)

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Trending Up: What’s Fueling and Feeding the Audio book Boom?

13 04 2017

2017 PubWest Book Design Awards

5 04 2017

Update:  By popular demand, we’re extending the deadline for entering books into the 2017 PubWest Book Design Awards until Monday, May 1, 2017. The PubWest Book Design Awards recognize superior design and outstanding production quality of books, e-books and book mobile apps. For more information and submission instructions, please click here.

Book Design Awards

 Call for Submissions:
2017 PubWest Book Design Awards

Please click here for eligibility information and submission forms. The deadline for entering books into the 2017 PubWest Book Design Awards contest is Thursday, April 13th.

We are offering a four-for-three deal: submit three books, and a fourth entry is free!

The PubWest Book Design Awards recognize superior design and outstanding production quality of books, e-books and book mobile apps in 24 categories, as well as an overall Judges’ Choice Award selected from among the winners in each of those categories. Design Awards submissions will be judged on typography, jacket and cover design, interior design, format, selection of materials used, and printing and binding production quality.

The PubWest Book Design Awards are effective tools for marketing your books, and for recognizing your design and production staff and suppliers. We will publicize the winners to the publishing media and showcase them at the 2018 PubWest conference in Pasadena, California, February 15-17, 2018, and the grand prize winner will receive a complimentary pass to the 2018 conference.


Paperback fighter: sales of physical books now outperform digital titles

23 03 2017