(Indie) Bookstore Sales Jump Again in October

(INDIE) BOOKSTORE SALES JUMP AGAIN IN OCTOBER

From the 12/14 Shelf Awareness Pro –  October bookstore sales rose 6.9%, to $747 million, compared to October 2014, according to preliminary estimates from the Census Bureau. This was the second month in a row that sales rose nearly 7%. For the year to date, bookstore sales have gone up 1.2%, to $8.9 billion.

What does that mean for indie authors?

That producing a print book and making it available at the correct terms to brick and mortar bookstores is still a great investment and the one of the best paths to discovery. You can learn more about how to do that via IndieReader’s In-Store distribution service here.

EVEN BOOK CLUBS ARE SELF-PUBLISHING!

From the 12/15 Shelf Awareness Pro – After a visit from Eric Elfman, screenwriter and co-author of middle-grade novels Tesla’s Attic and Edison’s Alley, the Book Passage INK book club (for 10- to 13-year-olds) decided they wanted to write one of their own.  The Book Passage store in Corte Madera, Calif., where the club is based, hosted the launch party for Dragon Mist, published by the store’s own Book Passage Press.

The group spent several sessions under the guidance of Book Passage book club facilitator (and author) Amanda Conran, discussing setting, characters, backstory and plot. Everyone agreed to the contents of each chapter before moving on. At the launch, the authors took turns reading, and more than 100 copies were sold.

SMASHWORDS EXPANDS REACH W/THREE NEW PARTNERSHIPS

From 12/15 Publisher’s Weekly – Following its distribution announcement with Gardners Books in October, Smashwords announced it has signed three new agreements that further expand the reach of the Smashwords e-book distribution network in the U.S., Europe, and South America. Smashwords books will begin appearing on these new partners’ platforms during the first quarter of 2016.

INDIE AUTHOR “SOON TO BE FAMOUS” IN ILLINOIS?

From the 12/18 Chicago Tribune – Book publishers might not appreciate the power libraries and librarians have to help avid readers find new authors they may not otherwise pick up, said Denise Raleigh, marketing and public relations director at the Gail Borden Public Library District. She was among eight library staffers from around the state who helped launch the “Soon to be Famous” Illinois Author Project to change that.

Raleigh and the others heard a talk at the 2013 American Library Association conference that focused on libraries, publishers and fees. Publishers charge libraries $85 for a digital book that sells for $14.99 on amazon.com, Raleigh said. Then, those publishers make the libraries buy a new digital copy after a specified number of readers have checked them out.

The idea behind the project is to give self-published authors — those who have made their books available for free through Amazon’s digital book sales place — a chance to go from relative obscurity to “famous.”

The effort also helps libraries show the large publishing houses that libraries have engaged readers and can help publicize and get new books and new writers into readers’ hands, said Raleigh.

THE LIST WHERE INDIES COUNT

Looking for a bestseller list that includes indies only?  Then  check out IR’s list where indies count with titles culled from The New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.

Have a great weekend, Indie Readers!

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