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Sunday, May 15, 2016

The decline of the Big Five

Author Earnings isn't the only outlet to notice the ongoing decline of the Big Five publishers:
Unit sales of e-books published by traditional publishers fell 13% in 2015 compared to 2014, said Kempton Mooney of Nielsen during a Thursday panel aimed at examining different publishing markets.

Units fell to 204 million from 234 million in 2014. The high point of e-book sales was 2013 when units totaled 242 million units. While e-book sales fell in the year, print units rose 2.8%, to 653 million. As a result, e-books’s market share of units dipped to 24% in 2015, down from 27% in 2014. Mooney observed that some of the gain in print sales was due to the extraordinary popularity of adult coloring books last year. The e-book sales figures came from about 400 traditional publishers, Mooney said.

In another look at e-book sales, Mooney reported that the Big 5 publishers’ share of e-book sales fell to 34% in 2015, down from 38% in 2014. In 2012, the Big 5 held a 46% of e-book unit sales. The loss of share of the Big 5 was made up by self-publishers and small publishers. Self-publishers’ share of the e-book market rose to 12% last year from 8% in 2014, while small presses accounted for 30% of e-book unit sales in 2015, up from 26% in 2014.

Sticking to the children’s category, Mooney pointed to a recent survey that found 51% of children under age 9 are non-white. He said publishers that aren’t publishing books that can appeal to children from diverse backgrounds are losing “huge chunks of sales.”
I devoutly hope the Big Five follow Mooney's advice and devote increasing resources to pursuing readers from diverse backgrounds. One thing that we have learned from our various translations is that "diverse" readers simply don't read as much, so the more they pursue the rainbow unicorn market, the easier it will be for independent publishers to continue to outcompete them for genuine markets that actually exist.

SJW convergence is no foundation for effective business strategy.

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93 Comments:

Anonymous Cinco May 15, 2016 9:03 AM  

Mooney pointed to a recent survey that found 51% of children under age 9 are non-white.

We will no doubt see a rise in books with more pictures...

Blogger Cataline Sergius May 15, 2016 9:09 AM  

One thing that we have learned from our various translations is that "diverse" readers simply don't read as much,

Vox, I'm not challenging you on this, I just have conflicting information and I'm hoping you can de-conflict it.

According to Larry Correia the German market does to a lot of reading and is worth pursuing.

Is there anything to add to that?

Blogger VD May 15, 2016 9:14 AM  

Is there anything to add to that?

The German market is not what they mean by the "diverse" market. They mean Hispanic, and to a much lesser extent, black.

Blogger Cataline Sergius May 15, 2016 9:24 AM  

@3 VD

I have now spent a solid minute blinking in amazement at their stupidity.

Blogger Cataline Sergius May 15, 2016 9:33 AM  

It's more annoying but much less surprising when the authors on top of the totem pole start moaning about the state of the publishing industry.

Yeah, guys I'm sorry you have convinced yourself that because the little guy now gets a place at the table, you get less to eat for yourself.

It simply breaks my heart that you have to accept deals today, that you wouldn't have put your shoes on for yesterday.

If you don't like it cut your publisher out of the loop and go indy. But of course you can't do that.

Blogger synp May 15, 2016 9:41 AM  

Uhm,

I realize I've been living under a rock, but...

"adult coloring books" ?????

That's a thing?

Blogger Adam Meek May 15, 2016 9:49 AM  

I'll tell you why the Big 5 or losing the ebook market-- they charge too much.

They want to charge hardback prices, while the indies are charging paperback prices or lower.

Blogger Dave May 15, 2016 9:56 AM  

Are these numbers US only? 653 million print units a year is an average of two books per person per year if US only?

Anonymous Ain May 15, 2016 10:01 AM  

I expected eBooks to be a lot cheaper to produce and distribute than physical, but I keep hearing that it's not.

Blogger Dave May 15, 2016 10:05 AM  

synp wrote:Uhm,

I realize I've been living under a rock, but...

"adult coloring books" ?????

That's a thing?



Yes crawl out from under your rock synp. It's a mental health thingie too: http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/06/health/adult-coloring-books-popularity-mental-health/

Blogger Dexter May 15, 2016 10:10 AM  

"the extraordinary popularity of adult coloring books last year"

YGBSM. Who the hell buys those?

" 51% of children under age 9 are non-white"

Sigh, we're so fucked.

Blogger Happy Housewife May 15, 2016 10:12 AM  

Does Castalia House have any plans to do children's books? We'd buy every single one.

Blogger Krul May 15, 2016 10:14 AM  

synp wrote:"adult coloring books" ?????

Sheesh. I hated coloring even before kindergarten. There's absolutely zero mental stimulation, just pure busywork. I can't imagine a grownup wanting to color, unless he's minding children maybe.

Blogger James Dixon May 15, 2016 10:17 AM  

> I expected eBooks to be a lot cheaper to produce and distribute than physical, but I keep hearing that it's not.

And who do you hear this from? Consider the source.

Anonymous Goodnight May 15, 2016 10:17 AM  

Three times in the last two weeks I have found a mention of an interesting book, looked it up to purchase it, and said "No thanks" because the eBook was $13.99 or more. In one case the eBook was around $15 and the hard back was around $11. I don't understand that at all unless they are trying to hurt Amazon by punching their own faces.

Anonymous Ain May 15, 2016 10:18 AM  

"And who do you hear this from? Consider the source."

I don't remember. They were commenters on this blog.

Blogger VD May 15, 2016 10:21 AM  

Are these numbers US only? 653 million print units a year is an average of two books per person per year if US only?

I think those are traditional publishers only.

Blogger James Dixon May 15, 2016 10:26 AM  

>

> I don't remember. They were commenters on this blog.

If Vox or Markku tells you that, I'd listen. If a known independent author says that, I'd listen.

From what I know, production costs should be about the same, but distribution costs for ebooks should be much lower. There's almost no shipping costs, no warehousing costs, and no taxes on inventory, just to name three cost centers of physical books. You do have to maintain the website to sell them (or let Amazon or some other entity take their cut), but odds are you're already maintaining a website to promote your books, so the marginal cost should be minimal.

Blogger tz May 15, 2016 10:29 AM  

Stefan Molyeaux notes most immigrants are illiterate in their own language.

Diversity? Do they mean audiobooks?

Blogger tz May 15, 2016 10:32 AM  

Unicorn is not multicultural, but it's not a revelation they have been going after the 7 heads, 10 horns market.

Blogger Verne May 15, 2016 10:34 AM  

Now I understand, the cure to a falling market share is to spend more resources trying to sell books to people who do not read books. All while your competitors promote their book to those who do read.

Blogger synp May 15, 2016 10:36 AM  

The marginal cost for a copy of an ebook rounds down to zero. It's a small fraction of a cent. The cost of producing the first copy is pretty close to that of a traditional book, maybe slightly lower.

The same is true for music or video download/streaming, except that the bandwidth costs are higher than for an ebook, but still not so high as to make this figure at all in the total cost.

Software is slightly different, because software has support costs that are proportional to the number of units sold. So the marginal costs for software is higher and a significant part of the cost.

Anonymous Virginia Irredenta May 15, 2016 10:38 AM  

Also, dead-tree books have printing costs, the cost of the paper and the cost of the binding, and that's a significant part of the cost of any printed book. E-books do not. E-books cost just as much to edit and lay out and proof as paper books, but then there is no printer to pay at all.

Paperback copies of my independently-published history of my undergraduate college sell for $9.95 per volume on Amazon.
E-books sell for $4.95. I get pretty much the same profit, either way.

Blogger The Other Robot May 15, 2016 11:08 AM  

I personally prefer diverse books.

If they are written by or edited by or published by someone who is tri-racial, that is what I look for.

Blogger The Other Robot May 15, 2016 11:10 AM  

"adult coloring books" ?????

Were they purchased by people wearing adult diapers?

Blogger Tom K. May 15, 2016 11:39 AM  

First saw adult coloring books recently at Barnes & Noble.

Had no idea WHAT looking at or why they were taking up space.

Blogger The Other Robot May 15, 2016 11:39 AM  

And, Hugo voting is open!

Blogger Tom K. May 15, 2016 11:39 AM  

First saw adult coloring books recently at Barnes & Noble.

Had no idea WHAT looking at or why they were taking up space.

Anonymous Mr. Rational May 15, 2016 11:42 AM  

Dexter wrote:" 51% of children under age 9 are non-white"

Sigh, we're so fucked.

We'll get a respite if we fix the misinterpretation of the 14th and send all the children of illegal parents home with them.  Eugenic welfare reform will fix the rest.

Anonymous Mr. Rational May 15, 2016 11:44 AM  

@28  It may be a last-ditch strategy to remain relevant; coloring books will be a long time coming to Kindle.

Blogger Ken Prescott May 15, 2016 11:54 AM  

Ain wrote:I expected eBooks to be a lot cheaper to produce and distribute than physical, but I keep hearing that it's not.

That's probably just considering the cost of editing and laying out the file, that will be a constant cost (laying a book out for traditional printing involves the same steps, and probably most of the same software and data).

Actual publication and beyond involves much higher costs for the physical book. The ebook is data, it's a file stored on a server, possibly with some sort of DRM. Network access and backup are your costs. The physical book is a fair bit of technology; it requires specialized materials (paper, pressboard, binding materials) and specialized machinery to print the book, cut the printout into pages, assemble the pages into signatures, and bind the signatures into a book. This involves both capital expenditure (procurement of the specialized machinery, plus consumables & spare parts) and paying for the skilled labor needed to operate and maintain the equipment.

Once you have a physical book published, you have ongoing costs. Books need to be stored out of the elements, which implies warehouses with at least some element of climate control. They need to be transported from the publisher to the warehouse, and from the warehouse to either the point of sale (brick and mortar) or the customer (online). This implies labor cost of packing for shipment/transit storage and unpacking for point-of-sale display or warehouse access, repackaging for shipment to the customer if it's the 'Zon or another e-tailer, the odd inventory check, etc, plus transportation costs.

Blogger Caedryn Stonelaw May 15, 2016 12:07 PM  

Cataline Sergius wrote:One thing that we have learned from our various translations is that "diverse" readers simply don't read as much,

Vox, I'm not challenging you on this, I just have conflicting information and I'm hoping you can de-conflict it.

According to Larry Correia the German market does to a lot of reading and is worth pursuing.

Is there anything to add to that?


On that note, take a look at the Perry Rhodan series and have your mind blown by the fact that arguably the biggest name in scifi has no english translation. And it looks friggin sweet.

Tom K. wrote:First saw adult coloring books recently at Barnes & Noble.

Had no idea WHAT looking at or why they were taking up space.


We had anatomy coloring books in med school, but those were actually meant to be serious minded pieces of kinematic learning for when your eyes could handle any of the rest. I think the reason adult ones are popular now are because their infantile minds run into the same problem.

Anonymous Instasetting May 15, 2016 12:18 PM  

Adult coloring books are the female equivalent of a guy watching Michael Bay movies. Its pretty and mindless, and sometimes thats what you want.

Besides, you could have the girl reading Standard Plot Paranormal Romance or coloring in a coloring book or getting envious by watching soaps. Which is better?

Blogger Mint May 15, 2016 12:20 PM  

I can confirm "the diverse" readers don't read as much, at least in my country only 1 out of a thousand population is a reader.

The oral tradition is stronger than the written form here.

Oh, and I got 2 colouring books for my birthday gifts from friends some months ago. It supposed to help me winding down as I like to draw and sketch. It was okay the first time, it's a chore after that.

Blogger BJ Brown May 15, 2016 12:28 PM  

Fat, offended, and stupid is no way to go through life, Xon......

Blogger Dave May 15, 2016 12:29 PM  

The Other Robot wrote:And, Hugo voting is open!


Chuck Tingle needs to get to work on those Adult Coloring Tinglers.

Blogger J Van Stry May 15, 2016 12:48 PM  

The problem is, we need another outlet to compete well with Amazon. I just released a new book on Friday, and Amazon has messed up the launch, pretty much killing sales and there is nothing I can do about it, as they don't give a damn.
As Amazon is in Seattle, I fully expect it to be taken over by SJW's one day as well.

Blogger kurt9 May 15, 2016 12:49 PM  

Of course the Big 5 are declining. I bought my Kindle in Dec. 13 and have not bought a paper book since. Something like 90-95% of what I have bought from the Amazon store is self-published. I like spy/covert ops novels (with hard SF being in very distant 2nd place) and I have to tell you that some of the self-published stuff in this genre is becoming very good, just as good as the stuff from the Big 5 publishers.

If my reading purchases and habits are representative (and I see no reason to doubt this), I don't think the Big 5 will be around much longer.

Anonymous Jack Amok May 15, 2016 12:54 PM  

It may be a last-ditch strategy to remain relevant; coloring books will be a long time coming to Kindle.

Plus it's not like you can pull your favorite coloring book off the shelf and re-color it.

Blogger The Other Robot May 15, 2016 1:00 PM  

The oral tradition is stronger than the written form here.

As BKGB would say, Bill Clinton was a supporter of the Oral Tradition as well.

Blogger Dave May 15, 2016 1:03 PM  

coloring books will be a long time coming to Kindle.


What, like this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lI_VKOwPrnY

Blogger Shimshon May 15, 2016 1:28 PM  

@36 "As Amazon is in Seattle, I fully expect it to be taken over by SJW's one day as well."

Can confirm. I have a bunch of college friends (from CA) and relatives (from Chicago) who have all converged on Seattle. Nearly all of them are open and even avowed Berners. My very well-off, even wealthy, relatives, especially grate. Typical assimilated (and intermarried) Jews. Totally tone deaf and clueless.

Blogger Skylark Thibedeau May 15, 2016 1:32 PM  

@31 Perry Rhodan had an English translation published in paperback in the 70's. I have a copy of "Enterprise Stardust" and a few others in my library.

Blogger Skylark Thibedeau May 15, 2016 1:34 PM  

@31 Perry Rhodan had an English translation published in paperback in the 70's. I have a copy of "Enterprise Stardust" and a few others in my library.

Blogger Timmy3 May 15, 2016 2:07 PM  

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Blogger Noah B May 15, 2016 2:09 PM  

Step 1: Target more lesbian romances at the black and hispanic male demographics!
Step 2: Profit!

Anonymous CC May 15, 2016 2:10 PM  

I was just talking about adult colouring books with my friends the other day after we'd gone to a gallery. I'm an artist and I observed that their popularity seems to show how risk averse, stupid and lazy society is getting. Why not just try to draw or paint? My psychologist friend said they're intended to be relaxing and not everyone can draw as well as I can.

"But drawing can be relaxing too and improving in a creative skill is rewarding, not to mention the fulfilment from creative expression. And a lot of my sketches are failures because I'm always trying new things; that's how I improve."

Seems a shame but maybe I'm missing something... It all reminds me of the Simpsons episode where Bart's learning the guitar and then gives it up.


Homer: Son, come here. Of course I'm not mad. If something's hard to do, then it's not worth doing. You just stick that guitar in the garage next to your short-wave radio, your karate outfit, and your unicycle, and we'll go and watch TV.

Bart: What's on?

Homer: It doesn't matter.

Blogger Timmy3 May 15, 2016 2:11 PM  

There are a lot of popular ethnic characters that kids like, Dora, Mulan, and Hello Kitty. The demographic change is evident.

Blogger SciVo May 15, 2016 2:17 PM  

Cataline Sergius wrote:@3 VD

I have now spent a solid minute blinking in amazement at their stupidity.


You have to keep in mind that in SJW-speak a neighborhood of all Bangladeshis would be "diverse" and a neighborhood speaking English, Gaelic, Cymric, Portuguese, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Greek, Swedish, Finnish and Polish would be "homogenous."

Anonymous Satan's Hamster May 15, 2016 2:32 PM  

"I don't understand that at all unless they are trying to hurt Amazon by punching their own faces."

General opinion is that the Big Five are trying to protect the lovely, high-class print market, where they are still effective gatekeepers, against the intrusion of nasty, stinky, working-class ebooks where they have no control over what gets published. No Big Five publisher would have even looked at a book called Space Raptor Butt Invasion, but Amazon couldn't care less.

It's clearly an insane plan if you believe your company should have a future as a publisher, but not so crazy if you're just trying to milk the cow for as long as possible until it dies. I fully expect the Big Five to lay off most of their workers in a few years, and just become a source of passive income by releasing all their backlist as ebooks and collecting royalties for decades to come.

This may be one reason there's reportedly so little diversity in big publishing companies these days, as most of the male employees presumably saw the future coming and jumped ship early.

Blogger GracieLou May 15, 2016 2:33 PM  

Adults who color, maybe finger paint (and no, that's not chocolate pudding):

"Experts" college professor professionals who reassured Business Insider the Target boycott would blow over cause, people love sales, duh, and "at worst" ONLY 1.2 million customers feel disenfranchised, and...and Chick-fil-A, they had their best year evah during that LGBT boycott
[I am not even making this up].

Mitt Romney--3rd party run Kasich + pedo enabler.

Non-religious "Expert" who opined the reason a certain religious figure is no longer admired is because this person isn't ENOUGH of a heretic/antichrist which is obviously a disappointment to the FAITHFUL.

Jeb Bush, guacamole bowl.

One could go on forever! It's mass extinction-level brain death by echo chamber. The zombie apocalypse. Bwains!

Anonymous Trimegistus May 15, 2016 2:52 PM  

Why does everyone assume that Amazon will continue to not care about the content of what they carry? We've already seen evidence — the Confederate Flag flap — that they can easily be bullied by SJWs (not to mention the Obama administration). How long do you really think it will be before Amazon starts removing "problematic" works from its inventory? I give it less than a decade.

When Amazon controls what books we see, Wikipedia controls what people regard as true, and Google controls what we can learn, the SJWs will be entrenched forever.

Blogger Kristopher B. May 15, 2016 2:55 PM  

SJW convergence is a good market strategy for those who choose not to follow.

It's nice when your competitors fall on their swords for you.

Anonymous Satan's Hamster May 15, 2016 3:02 PM  

"Why does everyone assume that Amazon will continue to not care about the content of what they carry?"

They already ban books now and again--erotica is a minefield, for example--but they won't outright ban non-SJW books while Bezos is in charge. You don't become the world's biggest retailer by refusing to sell people the things they want to buy.

Besides, there are plenty of other ebook stores. Amazon is the most successful because it has the most useful interface and the widest selection of books. Take away all but the SJW books, and readers will go elsewhere.

Blogger The Other Robot May 15, 2016 3:05 PM  

@45: I think those would have to be graphic novels.

Or, actually, National Geographic style pictorial documentaries.

Now, there is a diverse category for you. Lesbian Pictorial Documentaries.

Anonymous Icicle May 15, 2016 3:07 PM  

When Amazon controls what books we see, Wikipedia controls what people regard as true, and Google controls what we can learn, the SJWs will be entrenched forever.

Dude.

Amazon was invented in 1995.
Google was invented in 1998.
Wikipedia was invented in 2001.

You're acting like these are immutable ancient temples. They aren't.

Anonymous Alice De Goon May 15, 2016 3:08 PM  

" 51% of children under age 9 are non-white"

Don't worry. Many of them will become white again when they start committing crimes.

http://www.nationalvanguard.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/TEXAS-DPS.jpg

Anonymous Man of the Atom May 15, 2016 3:10 PM  

From the BEA article: "Sticking to the children’s category, Mooney pointed to a recent survey that found 51% of children under age 9 are non-white. He said publishers that aren’t publishing books that can appeal to children from diverse backgrounds are losing 'huge chunks of sales'."

Leave it to a research marketeer to equate "numbers" to "sales". If this is the caliber of the Big Five's key advisers, they're the ones who are good and truly fucked.

Satan's Hamster wrote:"I don't understand that at all unless they are trying to hurt Amazon by punching their own faces."

General opinion is that the Big Five are trying to protect the lovely, high-class print market, where they are still effective gatekeepers, against the intrusion of nasty, stinky, working-class ebooks where they have no control over what gets published. No Big Five publisher would have even looked at a book called Space Raptor Butt Invasion, but Amazon couldn't care less.

. . .


This methodology worked so well when the old-school element of hardbound book publishing tried to kill the 25-cent paperback in its crib.

How's that working for you, Big Five?

Anonymous Man of the Atom May 15, 2016 3:21 PM  

Trimegistus wrote:Why does everyone assume that Amazon will continue to not care about the content of what they carry? We've already seen evidence — the Confederate Flag flap — that they can easily be bullied by SJWs (not to mention the Obama administration). How long do you really think it will be before Amazon starts removing "problematic" works from its inventory? I give it less than a decade.

I'm hooked on ebooks. In the past, I'd carry a couple paperbacks around with me to the office (for lunch reading) and to areas where I expected to wait for service. Now I carry a small tablet with hundreds of books on an SD card, backed up from my account on Amazon and converted through Calibre, downloaded from Gutenberg and universities that build books for free, and I am entertained by what catches my fancy at the moment in my personal library.

I'm not going back to the physical copy except for reading at home, in a physical library, or in a bookstore. If Amazon "SJW-converges", then I'll find other outlets. (Hi, Castalia House!) I'm not alone.

Give up if you want. I feel the fight in me after a long disappointment, and it feels good!

When Amazon controls what books we see, Wikipedia controls what people regard as true, and Google controls what we can learn, the SJWs will be entrenched forever.

All of these things are already true in the main, and yet you still tug against the collar! Down! Down into the dirt where you belong, dog!

Blogger SciVo May 15, 2016 3:30 PM  

Instasetting wrote:Adult coloring books are the female equivalent of a guy watching Michael Bay movies. Its pretty and mindless, and sometimes thats what you want.

Besides, you could have the girl reading Standard Plot Paranormal Romance or coloring in a coloring book or getting envious by watching soaps. Which is better?


I just had this brilliant idea for a novel where a BBW decides to go hiking for the very first time in her life ever and is immediately attacked by a werewolf. She wakes up in the pack's den, which is really more of a mansion, or a castle if we're honest, and it turns out that she's so pale and blubbery because of were-polar-bear ancestry that was activated by the bite. So the werewolf king is smitten with her and exercises his droit du seigneur and she is so pissed at being forced to have sex with a big, sexy, rich, powerful man, but she doesn't have any choice so she goes along with it and if we're honest has five orgasms of increasing intensity with the last one knocking her unconscious, and it turns out to be handy that it's easy to comb dried cum out of polar bear fur.

But! Then fiends from another dimension attack, and it turns out that the activation of her wereblood has made her Wiccan magic real! So she totally saves the day nearly singlehandedly, killing most of the fiends with her teeth and claws and also closing the dimensional rift with her witchcraft. But! She burns through her power so fast that she faints (again) and wakes up to find that she was saved by a luckmage/weredragon who just happened to be wandering by (lucky!).

So she goes off with the luckdragon for wild cosmic adventures, and totally not because he's bigger, stronger, richer and more powerful than the werewolf king, and definitely not because he has a bigger dick, that's all just a coincidence with him being a really nice guy (beneath all the teasing and feigned indifference) and her paws getting itchy to wander.

I am confident that this is totally original and will sell a trillion copies and spawn an entirely new genre. ;)

Blogger Cecil Henry May 15, 2016 3:45 PM  

If you have an enemy, and want to destroy him, by all means get him into 'diversity'.


I've seen that strategy before.

Anonymous BigGayKoranBurner May 15, 2016 3:50 PM  

51% of children under age 9 are non-white... appeal to children from diverse backgrounds are losing “huge chunks of sales

While wearing a shirt that said "WHITE PRIVILEGE IS EVOLUTION THAT'S WHY ASIANS HAVE IT ALSO" to die verse amusement parks last year, I discovered the same thing leftists wearing "Blackliesmatter" shirts to riots found out. That no black or Hispanic was smart enough to read it to be offended/supportive. Plenty of whites loved the shirt BTW, it was in block print not secrete code cursive.

Detroit is only 47% functionally literate and the amount that reads when not forced to has to be lower.

We will no doubt see a rise in books with more pictures/
"adult coloring books" ?????That's a thing?


Were Da White Woomen At? pop up book.

Stefan Molyeaux notes most immigrants are illiterate in their own language

The look leftists give you when you say American kids should learn German Chinese Japanese or Russian if they are planning on a job of advancing civilization, or Mexican if they are planning on handing out taxpayer paid benefits because Mexicans can't read Spanish is priceless.

ethnic characters that kids like, Dora, Mulan, and Hello Kitty. I thought Hello Kitty was white?

Business Insider the Target boycott would blow over cause, people love sales

How many non lesbian GBT would be caught dead shopping at TARGET? I had a BF that wanted to go in one so I said "if I die in there drag my body over in front of the art store"

Related Chik fil a beats mayor de Blasé https://pjmedia.com/trending/2016/05/12/chick-fil-a-dominates-in-nyc-despite-de-blasios-call-for-a-boycott/

I'm not going back to the physical copy except for reading at home, in a physical library, or in a bookstore

You might want a copy of David The Goods books in paperback if the nigapocalypse takes out the electricity. What did people in Zimbabwe use for light before candles? Electricity.

Anonymous Instasetting May 15, 2016 4:13 PM  

Sci Vo,
You MUST send a copy of this to Castalia House. Vox will see the imaginative genius involved, and next year, not only will you be published, but you will be on the totally not a slate thingamabob, and have a Hugo for above your toilet.

Excelsior!

Blogger Aeoli Pera May 15, 2016 4:18 PM  

A burgeoning market for adult coloring books confirms all of my preconceived notions on modern IQs.

Blogger Aeoli Pera May 15, 2016 4:31 PM  

SciVo, you write para-romance like a man. Ravishment isn't the point in these books, it's all about the anticipation, the regret, and the tension between conflicting identities.

E.g. Am I a good girl or bad girl? Do I want to become a vampire or a werewolf? Is he a good guy or a bad guy?

I haven't read any of these, but I'd be surprised if there's much actual sex involved. There wasn't any in Twilight or the Hunger Games. Apparently the 50 Shades movie doesn't even have full-frontal nudity.

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Blogger Orville May 15, 2016 4:54 PM  

Amazon is the 900 pound gorilla to deal with, and he's an angry bitch. I love getting all my books on Kindle, but when researching into affiliate marketing for a little pocket money for the blog I'm building, I find that Amazon has excluded me from affiliate marketing because the state I live in threatened to collect state sales tax from them. So in searching for alternatives specifically to books, I found that Amazon has 75% of the e-book market. Crapple has 8% and B&N's Knookie has even less. Even secondary affiliate programs like Viglink enforce the Amazon ban, so I'm locked out making any change off book reviews unless I move to a different state. Suck's but I'll find some way around it.

Blogger Orville May 15, 2016 4:56 PM  

Regarding the coloring books, I think it's not just the Dindus and Beaner who don't habla the English, I think its just laziness in general. More and more news content sites are going straight to video instead of written articles. I hate that. I can't scan a video like I can an written article.

Blogger eharmonica May 15, 2016 5:01 PM  

@31: There are 6 new translations.

https://www.amazon.com/Perry-Rhodan-Lemuria-Ark-Stars-ebook/dp/B015D6J0O2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1463345643&sr=8-1&keywords=perry+rhodan

Blogger The Other Robot May 15, 2016 5:22 PM  

Was just in one of the few small bookshops that still exist.

The Hugo nominations are a big thing for them. I saw four books at least with labels under them saying they were 2016 Hugo Nominated works, including Jim Butcher and three losers.

Strangely, I didn't see anything by Chuck Tingle.

Blogger James Dixon May 15, 2016 6:06 PM  

> ...so I'm locked out making any change off book reviews unless I move to a different state.

Take a look at https://unlocator.com/ or https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/

Blogger James Dixon May 15, 2016 6:20 PM  

Or you could just try using Tor. There's a fair chance your far end Tor node would come out in another state.

Blogger Cecil Henry May 15, 2016 6:22 PM  

Is there anyone out there who still prefers physical books for serious reading??


I sure do.

If a book is a must have keeper, I want it in print.

Blogger SciVo May 15, 2016 6:41 PM  

Aeoli Pera wrote:SciVo, you write para-romance like a man. Ravishment isn't the point in these books, it's all about the anticipation, the regret, and the tension between conflicting identities.

E.g. Am I a good girl or bad girl? Do I want to become a vampire or a werewolf? Is he a good guy or a bad guy?


Ew! Boring! You're right, if I attempted to write paranormal romance, it would either fail badly, or be good urban fantasy erotica instead. I'd much rather write about sex, violence and other adventures than the inner tension of a young woman struggling with her hypergamy.

Anonymous Man of the Atom May 15, 2016 6:44 PM  

BigGayKoranBurner wrote:You might want a copy of David The Goods books in paperback if the nigapocalypse takes out the electricity. What did people in Zimbabwe use for light before candles? Electricity.

Very true BGKB. I have a small library of well-read and soon-to-be-read books at home and I plan to make David's hardcopies a place on my shelf. And there's something to be said for that bike-driven electric generator ... . Tablet ain't gonna charge itself.

Cecil Henry wrote:Is there anyone out there who still prefers physical books for serious reading??

I sure do.

If a book is a must have keeper, I want it in print.


Concur, but the ebook is often a cheap way to discover if the book deserves a hardcopy manifestation on your bookshelf.

Blogger Sheila4g May 15, 2016 6:49 PM  

A friend bought one of those adult coloring books for her 80 year old father, who's in the early stages of dementia. I last enjoyed coloring when I was about 10, and I can't draw worth crap, so they'll get no pennies from me. My older son has had (and used) sketch pads since he was quite little. I think others are right; the market is the air-head female contingent.

We used to go to the branch of the local library in the hispanic part of town - it was always empty. Especially the kids' section, where they'd spent a lot of money and expanded it. Of course, when one would see Mestizos in there, they would be checking out the videos, nothing in print.

I stopped going to any library branch about 3-4 years ago. Filled with elderly Chinese reading Chinese newspapers bought with my tax money, and various mystery meat folks playing games on all the computer terminals, and a Muslima loudly shelving books. All the non-fiction books I was interested in I had to order via inter-library loan (because for some strange reason all the librarians here in Texas were liberals from New York or New Jersey) and the lighter reading I would have gotten from the library I now buy on Kindle, and while some are mainstream, the majority are indie. Of course, my Kindle just died (worked one day and not the next) so I have to go look into a replacement. That's both the beauty and the horror of relying on electronic devices - I'm now temporarily deprived of all those books. I still have all my physical books, most of which I've read at least half a dozen times,so I'll be okay for a few days.

Blogger Skylark Thibedeau May 15, 2016 6:49 PM  

I was in Lowe's hardware a few weeks ago and accidentally hit the Spanish button on the self check out. I made it thru the menu with the cashier's help. She told me she had to help all of our Central American contractors as none of them could read Spanish.

Blogger Skylark Thibedeau May 15, 2016 7:07 PM  

I was in Lowe's hardware a few weeks ago and accidentally hit the Spanish button on the self check out. I made it thru the menu with the cashier's help. She told me she had to help all of our Central American contractors as none of them could read Spanish.

Blogger SciVo May 15, 2016 7:19 PM  

Sheila4g wrote:Of course, my Kindle just died (worked one day and not the next) so I have to go look into a replacement. That's both the beauty and the horror of relying on electronic devices - I'm now temporarily deprived of all those books. I still have all my physical books, most of which I've read at least half a dozen times,so I'll be okay for a few days.

"Kindle for PC" is a free download from Amazon. I think they also have a smartphone app, but you should download your Kindle library to your computer first, and copy it to a flash drive. Then you'll be immune if they try to change or delete a work.

Anonymous Be Not Afraid May 15, 2016 7:26 PM  

@61 ethnic characters that kids like, Dora, Mulan, and Hello Kitty. I thought Hello Kitty was white?

Hellllooooooo? You speciesist. Check your homo sapiens privilege!

Blogger John Morris May 15, 2016 8:02 PM  

Sounds more like the publishers have realized that so long as ebook == Amazon, then encouraging ebooks is suicide since Amazon is no longer a retailer of books, they are a direct competitor. Which is actually the truth so they at least have that a defense.

Who would have thought they could actually grow physical sales in this market so give them that.

But none of that matters so long as Amazon can stay in the "sell below cost and make it up from the rising market cap" mode. Who thought they could convince the markets a twenty year old behemoth should be priced like a scrappy .com startup. If this continues they will destroy their competitors who still need to have GAAP profits whether the competition is paper or bits, if Wall St demands they too show a profit it won't.

Blogger tz May 15, 2016 8:54 PM  

Amazon is not fully converged, Bezos isn't totally insane and stupid (though he is pushing it).

Amazon has banned the Stars and Bars.

Where is Milo? Dangerous Confaggoterate? If Milo would go stars and bars in some form...

Anonymous MendoScot May 15, 2016 8:58 PM  

Just as a hypothetical...

If I wanted to move my cindle library onto kalibre, how would I go about it.

Not that I would ever do such a thing, you understand.

Anonymous Man of the Atom May 15, 2016 9:51 PM  

MendoScot wrote:Just as a hypothetical...

If I wanted to move my cindle library onto kalibre, how would I go about it.

Not that I would ever do such a thing, you understand.


Google is your friend.

Blogger Were-Puppy May 15, 2016 10:21 PM  

"Mooney observed that some of the gain in print sales was due to the extraordinary popularity of adult coloring books last year."

These were presumably written by Writers of Color

Blogger Were-Puppy May 15, 2016 10:23 PM  

"Mooney observed that some of the gain in print sales was due to the extraordinary popularity of adult coloring books last year."

I can't let this one go. Have these people never heard of taking up some kind of art? It's like SJW art. They can't create anything, but they sure can scribble over an existing structure.

Blogger Were-Puppy May 15, 2016 10:29 PM  

@10 Dave
Yes crawl out from under your rock synp. It's a mental health thingie too: http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/06/health/adult-coloring-books-popularity-mental-health/
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Ah ok, I get it now. The mandelas. I was told these were something to do with the Dalai Lama in an art class once upon a time. Not sure if that's true or not.

Blogger Sheila4g May 15, 2016 10:32 PM  

@78 SciVo: Thanks - didn't think of that but will do. Not to derail the thread, but do you (or does anyone else) have a suggestion re buying a new kindle? I had a basic one and no complaints except for the problem of glare from sunlight (I wait in the car and read while my son does his MMA class). Should I upgrade? Should I switch to Kindle Fire - is that as easy to use for reading as a kindle but easier for reading online?

Blogger Orville May 15, 2016 10:57 PM  

@70 and @71 James, I have a TOR browser setup on virtual box running Mint. That won't fix my problem as I would be in a affiliate publisher arrangement with Amazon, Viglink, etc. where any commissions off referred sales would go to my bank account. Amazon is very careful about verifying state of residence. I'm not tied to a mortgage and could move across the state line into KS, but I'm not sure it would be worth it. I'd likely have to transfer my LLC as well.

Blogger Orville May 15, 2016 11:00 PM  

@87 Sheila4g, I have a Kindle Fire, and the glare is a problem reading in full sunlight. That is my only complaint. Otherwise I love it. I also use it for movies and such. I have a blue tooth dongle that works with my Bose headphones.

Blogger JWM May 15, 2016 11:21 PM  

Maybe OT, maybe not.
Here's a publishing house that flies under your radar, yet may be more insidious than the others combined. Consider Scholastic Books. Scholastic is totally converged by SJW's and enviro-nazis If your child is in public school virtually everything he reads will be from Scholastic. I work for an elementary school district, and I see first hand what your kids are being taught: Global warming. Social justice. Cultural relativity. Endangered species. Gender. I recently picked up a Book Fair volume for pre-school/ first grade readers. The story was about a family of sheep that adopted a wolf baby. One sheep bleated "He'll eat us all up!" Of course, that sheep was PROVEN WRONG, and made to look foolish! Wolf grew up loving to eat carrots and needed one of the other sheep to save him from a bear. Because stereotypes are always wrong. Homeschool, people. Homeschool.

JWM

Anonymous Anonymous May 16, 2016 3:48 PM  

That's a huge thing. A friend of my wife sent her some for her birthday and now i see them everywhere.

Blogger James Dixon May 17, 2016 1:58 PM  

> James, I have a TOR browser setup on virtual box running Mint. That won't fix my problem as I would be in a affiliate publisher arrangement with Amazon, Viglink, etc. where any commissions off referred sales would go to my bank account.

Ah, understood. You'd have to set up and alternative residence. That might be doable with a Pobox address and bank account in another location, but if the state finds out look for tax evasion charges, so it's probably not worth it.

> I had a basic one and no complaints except for the problem of glare from sunlight (I wait in the car and read while my son does his MMA class). Should I upgrade? Should I switch to Kindle Fire....

The Kindle Fire's have normal color displays, which don't handle glare as well as the original Kindles. You might want to test out a Paperwhite, which has a 300 ppi resolution. The base Kindle is only 167 ppi.

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