By Megan DiMaria
Welcome to the December edition of industry news.
- Should Amazon
and Overstock pay sales tax in New York State? That question will go unanswered
since the Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal. Brick-and-mortar stores have long
contended that online retailers have an unfair advantage by not charging sales
tax. For more info . . .
- Paraclete Press
has announced the establishment of a new center in Italy and has added a new
imprint. For more info . . .
- Long-time press,
Moody Publishers has acquired WingSpread Publishers. For more info . . .
- The ECPA 2013
Christian bestsellers have been announced. For more info . . .
- Sales dip for
Books-A-Million, but they’re still optimistic. For more info . . .
Maverick, an updated version of its OS X operating system, now features support
for iBooks. For more info . . .
- The independent
bookselling community is alive and still critical to the success of the book
industry. In honor of that, Publishers Weekly has named Oren Teicher and the ABA Board have
been chosen as PW’s Person of the Year. For more info . . .
- Despite sales
decline, B&N has posted a 13.7% increase in EBITDA (Earnings Before
Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization). For more info . . .
- Even though it enjoyed a robust debut in 2007 the success of the Espresso Book Machine, “ATM machines
for books,” is uncertain. For more info . . .
- This will take
some of the drudgery out of holiday travel. Until January 1st,
HarperCollins will provide American Airlines customers a selection of
full-length and excerpted HarperCollins books, and Hudson Booksellers will
offer a discount on featured print titles bought in Hudson Booksellers stores
and online. For more info . . .
- The Library
Journal has announced its Best of list for 2013. For more info . . .
- Total revenue up
in fiscal 2013 for Courier. For more info . . .
- This is an
interesting evolution. Christian retailers are warming to self-published books.
For more info . .
- Winners of the
2013 National Book Awards have been announced. For more info . . .
- Lee & Low
acquires new imprint, Shen’s Books. The acquisition adds to their
multicultural children’s titles. For more info . . .
- Blackstone Audio
strikes a deal to Distribute HarperCollins Audio CDs. For more info . . .
- Good news!
According the Cencus Bureau, bookstore sales were up in September. For more info . . .
- However, AAP’s
StatShot statistic program says trade sales were down through August. For more info . . .
- Pelican BookGroup has acquired the ChristianBookVideos.com web site from Marketing
Christian Books, Inc. This comes on the heels of the Pelican Ventures
purchasing The Wordsmith Journal (now redubbed TWJ Magazine, a popular e-zine.
- Although over
earnings increased, HarperCollins reported a drop in sales for the fiscal
quarter ending Sept. 30. For more info . . .
- Midpoint Trade
Books has entered into an agreement with the Ingram. For more info . . .
Odyssey Bookshop celebrated its first half century. Happy birthday, and for more info . . .
- MacGregorLiterary, Inc. announces Books on The Dusty Trail, a new website that will
feature western novels. It has not been fully launched yet but you can see it
- After more than
eight years of litigation, the court dismissed the Authors Guild’s lawsuit over
Google’s library book scanning project. For more info . . .
- New York
Yankees Hall of Fame-bound shortstop Derek Jeter is joining Simon &
Schuster to launch Jeter Publishing, an elaborate co-publishing partnership
that will release adult nonfiction, picture books, middle-grade fiction and
more. For more info . . .
- In a pinch to
get Christmas books across the country? Amazon is offering Sunday deliveries in
select cities. For more info . . .
- Snippet, a new
publishing and reading app, has moved their Writer Dashboard from private
beta to open beta. For more info . . .
- Romantic Times
has announced their reviewers’ choice best book awards. For more info . . .
Publishing adds a middle grade imprint, Regnery Adventure. For more info . . .
- UPNE, University Press of New England, to launch
ForeEdge, a trade imprint. For more info . . .
- Booksellers and other retail outlets can now sell
Kindles, but they aren’t interested in the opportunity. For more info . . .
- Harlequin sees
drop in third quarter sales and earnings. For more info . . .
- The Book Club
Network has acquired Elk Lake Publishing and will launch a fiction line in
2014. For more info . . .
I’ll be back with more industry news on January 7th. Until then, have a Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and have a Happy New Year. Make the end of 2013 the best you can. Be kind, be patient, be loving, and share some smiles.