ATG News You Need to Start the Week 8/3/20

by | Aug 3, 2020 | 0 comments

Book Publishing Revenues Up Slightly to $25.93 Billion in 2019, AAP Releases StatShot Annual Report

According to infoDOCKET “the Association of American Publishers (AAP) released the StatShot Annual report for Calendar Year 2019, estimating that the U.S. book publishing industry generated $25.93 billion in annual revenue, up by 1.1% as compared to 2018. In terms of units the report estimates that 2.76 billion units were sold.

Peer-Reviewed Podcasts: Amplify Podcast Network Produces Podcasts as Scholarly Communication

Ciiting Simon Fraser University, infoDOCKET also reports that ” publishing professor Hannah McGregor is showing that podcasts can be a form of academic research in their own right. She has been producing her Secret Feminist Agenda podcast since 2017 and has been working in partnership with Wilfrid Laurier University Press to create an editorial methodology for the peer review of podcasts as a unique form of scholarly communication…”

ebooks sales in the US generated $1.94 billion in 2019

According to Good e-Reader “The Association of American Publishers has announced that in 2019 ebook sales declined 4.9% and generated $1.94 billion. Overall sales are down 30.8% for the five-year period of 2015-2019. Digital audiobooks remains the fastest growing digital revenue segment in the industry, generating $1.31 billion in revenue in 2019, a 15.9% increase over 2018. In the five-year period from 2015-2019, downloaded audio grew a total of 143.8%…”

Canadian Libraries Respond to ‘Globe and Mail’ Essay Attacking Public Libraries

Publishers Weekly reports that “Canadian librarians push back against a recently published editorial arguing that public libraries are “a net harm” to literature…”
Editors Note: In a nearly 3,000 word opinion piece published on July 25 in The Globe and Mail’ Kenneth Whyte, publisher of Toronto-based indie Sutherland House Books, pinned the troubles of Canada’s independent bookstores and publishers on the work of public libraries.

Publishers Play the Pandemic Waiting Game

Also according to Publishers Weekly “With Labor Day only five weeks away, it has become clear that a substantial number of publishers, both in New York City and elsewhere, will not be returning to their offices in anything resembling full force before 2021. Moreover, organizers of a few industry events set for early next year have already announced they will be moving them from in-person to online. PubWest, for one, announced that its annual conference, originally planned for February 4–6 in Denver, will be virtual…”

Columbia University Libraries Digitizes Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center Collection

In addition, infoDOCKET notes that “400 hours of unique recordings of early electroacoustic music from the archives of the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center (CPEMC) … the resulting Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center Collection … has now been published to the Libraries’ Digital Libraries Collection catalog (with streaming audio access for full-time affiliates via UNI login.) Bibliographic records for the collection also appear in the Libraries’ online catalog, CLIO, and in WorldCat…”


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