Round up #137: Brick and mortar bookstore sales up, chance to win a $50 Amazon gift certificate
The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.
Netpop is doing an Echo survey and giving away 10 $50 Amazon Gift Certificates
I moved most of my coverage of the
to another blog of mine, The Measure Circle
It seems more appropriate there, but when I did, I told readers of this blog that I would link them to interesting posts I make about it there. The Echo does, after all, read books with text-to-speech and play audiobooks, and quite a few of my readers of this blog have them.
This is also a chance that you could win one of ten $50 Amazon gift certificates…and we could all use that. 🙂
Here’s the information:
You can see the details there, but I also want to thank Netpop for how responsive they were to a concern of mine. That is customer service!
If you win one of the gift certificates, I’d appreciate hearing about it. 🙂
For the first time since the Kindle was released, brick-and-mortar bookstore sales rise
The Kindle was released in 2007.
According to this Publishers Weekly article by Jim Milliot
the U.S Census Bureau has reported a drop in brick-and-mortar bookstore sales (I’m a former manager of one) every year since…until 2015.
Last year, bookstore sales rose.
While the post suggests that may be due to rising p-book (paperbook) sales and declining e-book sales, that doesn’t prove that people are abandoning e-books for print.
First, brick-and-mortar bookstore sales and p-book sales are decreasingly a one-to-one correlation. Barnes & Noble regularly touts how well their non-book sales are doing (games, toys, shirts, that kind of thing…I assume coffee counts). My guess is that’s contributing to their rise.
Second, I’ve mentioned before that e-book sales may be increasingly a shadow event…they may not be tracked by organizations that are reporting a slowing or decline in e-book sales. Yes, the Big Five (top US trade publishers) have reported declining e-book sales…but if people are buying more e-books from indies (independent publishers), there may not have been a decline overall.
I’m happy to see the increase…but I just caution about building a narrative that e-books are failing and people are returning to paper in mass numbers.
I expect some bookstores to thrive in the next ten years…but I also expect the percentage of books read as e-books versus p-books to also increase during that time.
Books I got for my birthday
It was fun to give away my books in my annual birthday promotion!
I love giving things away!
However, yes, it’s nice to get things as well. 😉
My adult kid gave me eight (!) books in the
series from Wildside.
Each book is an anthology of stories by a variety of authors, some well-known, some not as much. Many of the stories are, I believe, public domain, and some are not.
Authors in the first volume include Poul Anderson, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and Philip K. Dick, just to name a few.
I’m really looking forward to reading these! I’ve already started, partially with text-to-speech in the car. My family knows that’s a habit of mine from when I was a kid…I at least briefly “use” every gift I get within a day or so. When we were kids, we were encouraged to do that so we could write honest thank you notes to everyone. 🙂 I don’t write paper thank you notes any more, but I still try to thank people.
My Significant Other got me a p-book, but as a collector’s item. 🙂 As regular readers know, I’m a big Oz fan, and have 100+ year old versions of the original L. Frank Baum books.
This is an autographed copy of
by Roger S. Baum, a great-grandson of the original author, L. Frank Baum.
I’m going to get the Kindle version I just linked, so I can read it while keeping the other one in great shape. 🙂
Here’s one place Amazon’s X-ray for Books would come in handy!
I though the infographic in this
was great fun for me!
It’s fifteen books with lots of named characters.
for example, has 463 named characters, according to this, and 1,344 pages…that’s almost one named character every three pages!
“18 Reasons Why Reading Is Just Like Exercising” at Book Bub
I know Book Bub as a place to get free e-books..I hadn’t realized it had become such a pop culture website full of listicles!
I enjoyed this:
I actually do exercise quite a bit (my baseline is ninety minutes a day), but I really appreciated these! Some are available as shirts or e-cards…
Lee Child on Amazon brick-and-mortar bookstores
I recently wrote
I talked about what I thought it might really mean, and some possibilities for what I called “Amazon showrooms” might contain.
I thought this
was…interesting. Child, a bestselling author, has voiced an opposition opinion to some of Amazon’s decisions in the past.
Honestly, this is an opinion piece…and I don’t want to say too much about it. It’s worth reading…I’ll just say we don’t see things the same way. 🙂
I did want to point out one thing…it’s a technique I’ve taught people myself.
I have trained trainers (and I’m a trainer myself).
One thing that comes up for trainers is credibility.
You can’t really get someone to adopt the behaviors you want if they don’t believe you know your subject.
There are a lot of little things you can do, but one is to use precise numbers.
When I taught Excel years ago, I would sometimes use this: “Does anybody know how many rows there are in Excel? 65,556.”
That’s not true any more, by the way, but just by doing that, I convinced people I knew Excel well.
Child says, “So now, rumour has it, Amazon plans to open another 299 physical bookstores (it already has one, in Seattle).”
299…a precise number, therefore increasing credibility.
I think the what set off the original broad coverage was this quotation
“You’ve got Amazon opening brick-and-mortar bookstores and their goal is to open, as I understand, 300 to 400…”
reported in a
I did a quick search, and I’m not seeing another source for a precise number of 299.
I know that is, perhaps, nitpicky. 🙂 I’m not trying to argue the number…I’m pointing out that using any specific number when one isn’t known can be an intentional rhetorical technique.
I’m sure many of you will find the article worth reading.
What do you think? Do you find it confusing when books have lots of named characters? What do you think of Lee Child’s article? Why are bookstore sales reversing the downward trend? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.
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