A massive pickup in book sales in the USA is a great opportunity for Australian writers.
With our new USA partner companies, Trajectory and Overdrive we are well placed to take advantage of the rise in book sales.
It also seems like many buyers are abandoning Amazon for other booksellers in the USA, as many become disillusioned by some bad publicity.
A report by PW news that book buyer Deborah Johnson at Barston-s Child’s Play – which has four stores in the greater Washington, D.C. area – notes, “People do say, ‘I don’t want to be shopping at Amazon.’ There’s been enough bad publicity around about Amazon that people are thinking twice.”
PW news goes on to report that, BookPeople was one of several stores to report strong holiday sales and its best year ever in 2014. This is the best results for BookPeople being the fifth year in a row they have participated as part of PW’s informal survey of more than two dozen stores.
Children’s books outperformed adult titles at the store – up 10% – compared with an 8% increase overall, according to Bercu. “Our sales in both stores were really strong this holiday,” said Christine Onorati, owner of WORD Brooklyn and Jersey City. “In Brooklyn, we ended the year up over 5%, making it our best year ever.”
With the London book fair coming up in April it is a great time for Children’s book authors to send their books to the fair. London has always been a great back up event from the Bologna Children’s book fair as many agents and publishers are still in the frame of mind to source out Children’s books.