Friday, July 22, 2011

100 Words About: Book Buying

Kris Rusch had a great post yesterday about the upcoming third quarter sales slump. The short short version (and I do recommend reading the whole thing) is that with Borders gone, there is less shelf space for books. And Barnes & Noble is also reducing its shelf space for books. Since 70% of books sold are still paper copies of one form or another, that means that third quarter sales are likely to drop. Which means that a lot of authors whose work would normally be selling will have a hard time convincing their publishers that the drop in sales is not because their writing has suffered. (Kris points out that, traditionally, publishers fail to take external factors into consideration when looking at sales numbers.)

Times just keep getting more interesting...

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