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In spite of chronic financial worries, and the struggle to remain relevant in the face of competing information gateways like Google and Wikipedia, libraries are reporting some of the highest budget and circulation increases in years. And no one is more surprised by this turn of events than the American Library Association. In a recent […]

Romance Titles

According to Simba Information’s annual report, Business of Consumer Publishing, the romance category of retail books (most retailers also include “women’s fiction”) generated $1.37 billion dollars, second only to religion book sales. Sales of romance books decreased 2.14% in 2006, marking the second year in a row that sales have slipped. Sales of romances have […]

Current Events

The publication and sale of current events and political commentary books tend to spike during presidential election years. The new millenium saw a longer trend line for such books because of the disputed election of 2000, the terror attacks of 9/11, the run-up to the Iraq War, and the contentious election of 2004. The resulting […]

How-To Books

How-to books are explanations of how to accomplish specific tasks written for non-experts. It’s a diverse category, covering things like personal finance, diet and health, cooking, house and home, and personal development. According to Simba Information’s Business of Consumer Book Publishing, the how-to market generated sales of $270 million in 2006, an increase of 3.8% […]

Adult Trade Publishing

Accounting for only a quarter of total book industry revenues, the adult trade segment has nonetheless been the measure of the industry’s health and future prospects. While observers agonize over annual growth rates and what is assumed to be a shrinking piece of the personal entertainment pie, it is easy to lose sight of the […]

College Publishing

The college publishing segment seems to be threatened by any number of paradigm-shifting problems: sales of used books and export editions, students increasingly pushing back on high prices and spurring Congress to rhetorical flourishes, if not action, and the U.S. Secretary of Education trying to hold higher education institutions accountable for “positive outcomes” in the […]

Mass Market Paperbacks

Modern mass market paperback publishing began in the U.S. in 1939, when Robert Fair de Graff (and his partners Richard Simon plus Max Schuster) published the first ten Pocket Books for twenty-five cents each. They were a huge hit right out of the gate, with Macy’s selling almost 700 copies before they even reached the […]

University Press Publishing

University presses are more important than their collective sales, which amount to less than 2% of the industry total. Affiliated with, and subsidized by, major universities, their mandate is to publish scholarly works regardless of their commercial sales potential. To help offset losses incurred in the advance of human knowledge, many university presses try to […]

Juvenile Books

According to Book Industry Trends 2007, an annual report published by the Book Industry Study Group (BISG), the “Juvenile Trade” segment of the book publishing industry generated $3.4 billion in sales last year, an increase of 1.9% over 2005, and 8.9% of total trade sales. With the publication of Harry Potter 7, it comes as […]

Graphic Novels

Things have never been better for graphic novels. Unlike the computer and gardening categories that are caught in a tail-spin of decline, unit and dollar sales of graphic novels are at their highest since the boom years of the 1990’s. More of them than ever before are being sold in bookstores, and readership is growing […]