Links of Interest: August 4, 2021

Traditional Publishing Big Five publisher Hachette is doing really, really well. In the US, Hachette Book Group saw revenue increase by nearly 15 percent in the first half of 2021 versus 2020. Parent company Lagardère Publishing had excellent results worldwide, with total revenue increasing 16.4 percent in the first half—and profit growing to 110 million Euro … Read more

The Meaningful Online Event: Current Thinking

Regardless of how the pandemic unfolds, online events will continue, with a focus on meaningful, quality experiences; accessibility; and a sense of community For 18 months now, we’ve been reporting on the many ways authors, publishers, and booksellers have pivoted to online methods of marketing books. The online literary event remains one of the most … Read more

Trendspotting Links of Interest: August 4, 2021

Big-Picture Publishing Trends Yes, Americans are reading more. According to the US Department of Labor, reading time increased by 21 percent between May and December 2020. The biggest increase was among readers between 20 and 34 years old and over 65. Read Jim Milliot in Publishers Weekly. One of the fastest growing . . . This content is only available … Read more

Trendspotting: Booming Hardcovers and Email Privacy

Where there’s smoke… As a reminder, Trendspotting is an occasional feature in Hot Sheet where I segue into first person and discuss informally what’s happening in publishing and media. First up: hardcovers.The hardcover format enjoys tremendous growth in the USThis is a sales trend that pre-dates the pandemic and has been gaining steam this year. … Read more