Saturday, January 15, 2011

And The Winner Is . . .

On Monday, January 10th, The Newbery Medal winner and the four Newbery Honor books were announced at the American Library Association’s midwinter conference in San Diego. The award is given annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Of course the first question that popped into my mind was, “How many of those five books are now in e-book format?” The answer is four.

The Newbery Medal winner Clare Vanderpool for Moon over Manifest, available as a hardback, paperback and e-book. As far as I can tell (or I should say ‘as far as I can google’) one of the Honor Books, Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus, is not available in an e-book format. The other three Honor Books are. They are Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman, One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia, and Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm.

Many other prestigious prizes are given at the ALA conference. I’ve put a link to the full article at the end of this post.*

Of course we suspect that e-book sales are growing exponentially. Here’s a brief update as of the end of November from Publishers Weekly.**

E-book sales in November rose 129.7%, to $46.6 million, from the 14 publishers who report results to the Association of American Publishers’ monthly sales report. The gain was below the year-to-date average which has e-book sales ahead 165.6% through November, but was better than the 112.4% increase reported in October when e-book sales were $40.7 million. The $165.6% increase in the first 11 months of 2010 put e-book sales from the 14 companies at $391.9 million. With one month to go in 2010, it looks like e-books and downloadable audio will be the only trade segments to posts gains in the year with sales down in all the print segments at the publishers that report to the AAP; the mass market segment has the largest decline at 14.0%.

I was going to interpret and summarize that for you, but I didn’t want to risk getting it wrong.

Check out this week's best seller list. Amanda Hocking is dominating Amazon’s list with six books in the top ten. And I see more picture books on Barnes and Noble’s Kids list than I have before, thanks to the interactive color Nook. Enjoy!