December 2013 | Volume 38, Number 12

Dual Format Users Climbs While Print Avoiders Reach 4%

There isn’t a question that the consumption of books has changed over the years because of digital, but there are still plenty of reasons, both practical and emotional, why print ...

Books As Gifts: Key Stats & the (New) Number to Beat

One of the few positive stories of 2013—that didn’t even require a spin—was the favorable results from Simba’s proprietary survey which showed the number of adults who bought ...

The Stubbornness of Print and the Consistency of Change

As I write this, Simba Information is preparing to move offices. For any subscriber, at any organization of any size, you know exactly what kind of headache this is causing.We’ve ...

Awful Comparables Mark Latest Quarter for BAMM, B&N

For chain bookstores, the third calendar quarter has never been anything to write home about, but the two major bookstore chains in the U.S.—Barnes & Noble and ...

HarperCollins Shrewdly Takes To Skies With American Airlines, Hudson Booksellers

Weeks after BPR’s feature on reading habits among frequent flyers—and years after Simba has expressed the need to tie physical discovery more closely to the digital ...

Category Review: Biography & Autobiography Even More Competitive in 2013

While just about anyone worth writing about already has a Wikipedia entry, it is nice to know that crowdsourced information that may or may not be accurate isn’t enough to knock down ...

Scorecard: New Titles Down, Christmas Books Up in November

Historically, as autumn spills into winter, we see a drop in the number of new titles appearing on any combination of the lists which make up this analysis—New York Times, USA Today ...

The Tablet Reader: iPad Owner’s Relationship With Books As Murky As Ever

At Simba we like data that is consistent, but when it comes to iPad owners, some of the data is extraordinarily consistent. Frustratingly consistent. In our own proprietary ...

Retailing Watch: Bookstores and Books-As-Gifts

Ten years ago, the picture of book retailing looked a lot different than how it does today. Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and Borders Group (known as the ‘Big Three’ chains) ...

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