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AAP Reports eBook Sales Down 12.7% Through November 2015

23 March 2016

From The Digital Reader:

The Association of American Publishers released its month Statshot report for the period ending November 2015, and the news continues to be poor on the digital front.

eBook revenues are trending downwards at a time when the market is growing slightly. All three trade categories (adult, kids, religious presses) are showing healthy growth for the month of November and slight growth for the year, while ebooks are down 12.7%.

Curse you, Amazon, for “insisting”(*) on agency and giving publishers exactly what they wanted.

Link to the rest at The Digital Reader

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13 Comments to “AAP Reports eBook Sales Down 12.7% Through November 2015”

  1. Higher prices = lower revenues. I know the math is complicated.

  2. Amazon “insisting on agency?” I’m confused. Agency pricing was found illegal, and Amazon had nothing to do with it. Unless the article is referring to something else.

  3. Golly, I’m selling more eBooks than ever. I typically stick to the $3.99 price for my novels, however, as we know this works well.

  4. “Curse you, Amazon, for “insisting”(*) on agency and giving publishers exactly what they wanted.”

    Yeah, agency, the gift that just keeps on giving.

    Before agency, a bookseller could offer a sales price and the publisher still got the full price.

    After agency, any ‘sale’ bits the publisher (and writer’s) pocket.

    And it was the other ‘A’ that ‘wanted’ agency, Apple, not Amazon, Mike, please stop drinking the publisher kool-ade while anywhere near a keyboard.

    May the gift of agency continue to award them for all their hard work — how long were those contracts for?

  5. Little known fact: Penguin Random House returned to agency pricing in September 2015.

    Compared to the same months in 2014, ebook sales by AAP members has fallen 8%, 22%, 15% respectively for September, October, and November. I’m sure that’s just a coincidence…

  6. Watch what you ask for, because you just might get it.

    (Evil cackle)

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