Tag Archives: book sales statistics

“Eets Going to Be Au-K”

Rain crashes and slides down the windows. We rock gently in the belly of the mini Air Canada jet as the wind thrashes everything on the runway outside. The guy in front of me curses, worrying that he won’t get to Toronto in time to pick up his rental car. I exchange jokes and smiles […]


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 […]

How Authors Are Like Musicians – What Actually Works

For 3 years, I spent time in the music industry. Have you noticed how experiences from other industries translate to new ones? Personally, the similarities of bands and artists in music to authors is immense. Here’s a quick anecdote about the music industry… With my management skills and marketing knack/interest, a number of artists wanted […]

Seeking Superior Results, but Missing the Mark? 126 Books Sold…

Did you know… a) Last year alone, there were 760,000 books published. b) On average, these books sold 300 copies per title. c) Remove the hottest selling 20,000 books, and the remaining 740,000 titles, sold an average of 100 copies. (For more realities, watch the 7 Myths video by signing up over here –>> ) […]

A Tsunami Warning from the Music Industry

“Does a future sound far-fetched where the exchange of intellectual property is encouraged by those who currently want to restrict it?” Those words may sound like a weather forecaster predicting a little bit of damage by an approaching tsunami, but in September of 2000, Sean Carlton was an accidental prophet. Of course, he wasn’t talking […]

The e-Reader Dead-End (Temporarily)

There are too many conflicting formats in the growing e-book growing sector It’s not quite Betamax versus VHS or even Blu-Ray versus whatever other DVD player was trying to make inroads in a tight marketplace, but the proliferation of competing reading devices may be yet another quandary for publishers grappling with the young but rapidly […]

Book Publishing 2.0 IS NOW!!!

Let’s do a quick comparison of Book Publishing 1.0 and 2.0 so we all start on the same page: Book Publishing 1.0 (what’s been going on for the last 100 + years)—– Author locks himself in ivory tower and grinds out entire manuscript Author (or agent) submits manuscript to publisher Publisher spends 12-18 months editing, […]

What I Would Do If I Were a Publisher Today

The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution. —–Bertrand Russell Last time out, I took a pretty good hack at the publishing conglomerates for continuing to perpetuate the mystique and romance of selling books in an attempt to woo authors and protect a business model […]

Don’t Do What You Love Full-Time

I had dreaded this moment, the possibility of it actually coming true. It’s like that when you refuse to take the advice of someone’s experience. Fight all you want to prove that you’re different, but you can’t keep the words from haunting your mind. “Don’t try to do what you love full-time,” Kevin’s former full-time […]

Amazon.com Announces First Quarter Sales up 37% to $4.1 Billion; Electronics and Other General Merchandise Grows 56%; Media Grows 28%

SEATTLE, Apr 23, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2008. Operating cash flow was $1.04 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $0.73 billion for the trailing twelve months ended March 31, 2007. Free cash flow increased 51% to $0.79 billion for […]