E-Book Sales Declined 18.7% and Audio Grew 29.6% in 2016;   *Pearson Publishing records their biggest loss ever;   *University of Notre Dame Libraries Support Digital Scholarship: 12th Profile in ARL Series;   *Thirty-Four Must-Have Spring Books | Editors’ Picks 2017;   *Milestones: HathiTrust Reaches 15 Million Volumes More Than 6 Million Visitors in 2016;   *New Publisher Sales and Trends Data (Books, Ebooks, Audiobooks) From American Association of Publishers;   *Global medical education publishing market estimated to reach $ 3.9 billion in 2020, says new iHealthcareAnalyst report;  and  *AAAS to partner with the March for Science to promote science education and the use of scientific evidence to inform policy plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.


According to Good E-Reader There is no denying that e-book sales continue to plummet in the United States,  as the novelty of the format continues to wane. Major publishers do not even bother breaking down digital sales in their financial reports anymore, instead they focus on print sales. The American Publishers Association has just released new data that verifies that audiobook sales are up, e-book sales are down and print continues to be the format of choice for serious readers.


Also according to Good E-Reader “Pearson … the largest textbook distributor and publisher in the world … have just recorded a $3.3 billion dollar loss.  This has forced them to take drastic steps to get their debt under control, such as selling key assets.

Over the course of the past four years Pearson has seen declining revenue as students are renting textbooks from companies such as Amazon and Google.


ARL News has posted “the latest installment in the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) series highlighting digital scholarship support at ARL member libraries features the work of the University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries.

The Notre Dame profile, written by ARL visiting program officer Catherine Davidson, presents a brief history of the evolution of digital scholarship support at the university, focusing on the Center for Digital Scholarship…”


Library Journal lists 34 must-have books from upcoming Spring lists including those that deal with “the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 to the future of American journalism after Edward Snowden, from psychological thrillers featuring unreliable narrators to a beloved romance author’s final novel, the titles chosen by my review colleagues reflect both our professional “beats” and personal passions.


infoDOCKET reports that “HathiTrust now includes over 15 million volumes!  Volume number 15,000,000, added during Presidents’ Day Weekend’s batch deposits, was digitized from the collections of the University of California, Irvine:  Le parfait courtisan du Comte Baltasar Castillonois, es deux langues, respondans par deux colomnes, l’une à l’autre, pour ceux qui veulent avoir l’intelligence de l’une d’icelles. De la traduction de Gabriel Chapuis Tourangeau...”


infoDOCKET also notes from an AAP post that “the first three quarters of 2016 saw slight growth in trade books and a decline in educational and learning materials. Publishers’ revenues for all tracked categories (Trade – fiction/non-fiction/religious, PreK-12 Instructional Materials, Higher Education Course Materials, Professional Publishing, and University Presses) declined by $684.5 million from the first three quarters in 2015…

Trade book revenue grew 0.6% to $4.99 billion through Sept. 2016 vs. the first three quarters in 2015. The $28.7 million growth came from children & young adult books and religious presses. Downloaded audio continues to gain popularity, growing 29.6%…”


KnowledgeSpeak reports that “The global medical education publishing market is estimated to reach nearly USD 3.9 billion in 2020, expanding at a CAGR of 6.1% from 2016 to 2020. The global medical education publishing market report also provides the detailed market landscape (market drivers, restraints, opportunities), market attractiveness analysis and profiles of major competitors in the global market including company overview, financial snapshot, key products, technologies and services offered, and recent developments…”