News & Announcements 7/18/15

newspapers2e-Book Sales Plummet all Over the World in 2015; IMLS Announces Grants of $2.4 Million for U.S. Museums; Association of American Publishers Reports Sales Were “Slow” During First Quarter of 2015″; National Archives (NARA) Asks For Public Input on Prioritizing Materials to Digitize; and  New Video: The British Library Takes a CT Scan of Europe’s Oldest Intact Book; plus more corporate and publishing news from a variety of sources.

GoodEReader reports that “the Association of American Publishers has just released their annual data report and e-book sales are not doing that great. In the first three months of 2015 they have plummeted 7.5% from the same period last year. Meanwhile paperback sales have increased by 8.9% giving further credence that people are switching back to print in greater numbers than originally thought.

The AAP isn’t the only organization to proclaim that print is making a comeback. According to the US Census Bureau Brick and mortar bookstore sales are on the rise for the third straight month. May 2015 sales across the board for books, stationary and magazines have increased 0.9%, to $776 million from the same period last year.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced 44 grants to 21 states totaling $2,470,580 for three programs: Museum Grants for African American History and Culture (AAHC), Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums, and Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services (NANH)…”

InfoDOCKET reports that “publishers’ book sales for the first quarter of the year (Jan – March 2015) were down 6.6% for the year to date at $2.22 billion compared to $2.38 billion for the first quarter in 2014. Bright spots within the quarter were found in Trade — specifically Adult Books — and Professional Books.

These numbers include sales for all tracked categories (Trade -fiction/non-fiction, K-12 Instructional Materials, Higher Education Course Materials, Professional Publishing, and University Presses)…”

In addition InfoDOCKET reports that the National Archive is developing a plan to prioritize what it will digitize and is requesting “the feedback and suggestions of the people who discover and use our records every day. What would you like to see the National Archives digitize over the next few years? Is there a particular theme, topic, or event on which you would like to see our digitization efforts focused? Perhaps there is a specific series, record group, or collection that you would like to be made completely accessible online…

The deadline for sharing your suggestions is August 14, 2015.

You can post then in the comments section on Crowd Hall or via email at:

See also: Do You Have Suggestions for NARA’s Digitization Priorities?

InfoDOCKET also notes that “the St Cuthbert Gospel, the oldest intact European book, underwent a CT scan to reveal more information about its structure. This video, produced by Christina Duffy, Imaging Scientist at the British Library, shows the manuscript, its wooden boards, the cords which lie under the raised frames in the decoration and a cross-section through the whole manuscript showing the structure of the book and the raised decoration.”



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