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  • With Nonfiction Soft, Print Book Sales Fell 1.7% in First Quarter

    Led by books by Sarah J. Maas and Rebecca Yarros, fiction sales were up in the first quarter this year, but nonfiction declines resulted in a 1.7% drop in total unit sales of print books.

  • Publishing Sales Inch Up in 2023 Per AAP Sales Report

    The 1,225 publishers that report sales to the Association of American Publishers’ StatShot program saw sales rise 0.4% in 2023 over 2022, according to preliminary data. Generally speaking, it was a good year for religious titles and a rough one for children's books, and audiobook sales continued to grow.

  • Penguin Random House Sales Rose 7% in 2023, but Profits Dipped

    A series of acquisitions made in 2023 helped boost sales at Penguin Random House in 2023, but higher costs led to worldwide earnings slipping by roughly $2.17 million, to about $720 million.

  • Scholastic Posts Mixed Third Quarter Results

    A solid performance by Scholastic's trade group and international division offset revenue declines in book clubs and book fairs, leaving total sales at the company basically flat in the quarter ended February 29, 2024, with the comparable period a year ago.

  • More Challenges Arise at Barnes & Noble Education

    Barnes & Noble Education reported higher sales and lower losses in the quarter ended January 27, 2024, but those results were overshadowed by news that the company continues to struggle to find ways to shore up its financial position.

  • February Print Sales Dipped 0.5%

    Unit sales of print books dipped 0.5% in February compared to February 2023, at outlets that report to Circana BookScan. Kristin Hannah's 'The Women' was the top seller in the month, followed by Laura Nowlin's 'If Only I Had Told Her' and Sarah J. Maas's 'A Court of Thorns and Roses.'

  • Wiley Sees Light at the End of the Tunnel

    Wiley’s ongoing restructuring and streamlining efforts began to bear some fruit in the quarter ended January 31, 2024, prompting the company to raise its earning forecast for the fiscal year ending April 30. CEO Matthew Kissner said that the company expects continued “material performance and profit improvement in fiscal 2025 and 2026."

  • Sales Fell 6.8% at Hachette Book Group in 2023

    Revenue at Hachette’s U.S. division fell 6.8% last year and was the weakest performer in Lagardère's publishing group, where total sales increased 2.2%, to €2.81 billion, and profits slipped by €1 million, to €301 million.

  • With Sarah J. Maas Sales Booming, Bloomsbury Ups Its Financial Forecast

    As 'House of Flame and Shadow' hits number one in numerous markets around the world, publisher Bloomsbury predicts that total sales for the company will increase by 10% over last year.

  • Indigo Sales Dropped 12% in Q3 and Profits Plunged

    Just days after it revealed that it had received an offer to take the company private, Canada's Indigo Books & Music released its financial results for the crucial holiday season—and as even CEO Heather Reisman admitted, the results were “disappointing.”

  • Profits Soar at HarperCollins as Audio Sales Boom

    A 29% increase in sales of digital audio, coupled with lower costs, resulted in a 67% increase in profits at the publisher in the quarter ended December 31, 2023, over the comparable period a year ago. Total sales were up 4%.

  • Independent Publishers Group Finds Some New Directions

    The biggest independent book distributor in the U.S. sees opportunities in 2024 both here and in the U.K., where it has finally stabilized the United International Distribution business it bought in 2021—and where a 2023 change in Amazon's sourcing requirements has left a hole CEO Joe Matthews says he hopes IPG can fill.

  • Publishing Industry Sales Were Flat in November

    Gains in both the children's/young adult books and religion categories were enough to offset declines in the other major segments in November at the 1,225 publishers that report sales to the AAP.

  • Indigo Books & Music Gets a Buyout Offer

    Two investment firms led by Canadian billionaire Gerald Schwartz—an Indigo board member, husband of founder Heather Reisman, and the company's majority owner—has made an offer to acquire the remaining shares of Canada's largest bookstore chain.

  • Amazon Turns $2.7 Billion Loss in 2022 to a Profit of $30 Billion in 2023

    A strong holiday shopping season, an improved fulfillment operation, and cost cuts including an estimated 27,000 layoffs resulted in a $30 billion profit for Amazon in 2023 following a loss of $2.7 billion in 2022.

  • Open Road Integrated Media Has ‘Transformational’ Year

    More titles, publishers, and services led to record revenue in 2023 at the digital marketing company, said CEO David Steinberger.

  • RBmedia Sees More Growth Under New Owners

    The independent audiobook publisher's catalog topped 70,000 titles last year as it entered into more partnerships.

  • Quarto Delists from London Stock Market, Makes Tender Offer

    The U.K–based publisher has begun a tender offer to acquire more than 11 million common shares as it delists from the London Stock Exchange’s main markets.

  • Religion Book Sales Up 1.2% in October, 7.1% Year-to-Date

    Sales of religious print books remain solid through October, offsetting slow digital sales.

  • Print Book Sales Fell 2.6% in 2023

    A 1.7% increase in sales in the fourth quarter kept the drop at 2.6% for the year, overcoming a 4.1% drop during the first nine months. Smaller than expected losses in sales of books for adults helped to offset plunges in the children’s sector.

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