Month: June 2020

Book Sales COVID-19 Increase

Nicholas C. Rossis

Since March 2020, PublishDrive has been generating digital book sales reports, compiling hard-to-find data from various outlets, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play Books, libraries, regional stores, and more. They have now published their stats for April and May, months that saw much of the world’s population in lockdown.

The graph below presents the increase in sales in April (red bar) and May 2020 (blue bar) compared to the same months last year. One notable conclusion is that sales have increased for every single outlet, in some cases as much as almost 300%.

PublishDrive book sales | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

Which genres are doing great?

Not all genres are as successful, though. Specifically, non-fiction, fantasy, science-fiction, and thriller genres are doing great. Surprisingly, perhaps, some popular genres like romance and erotica saw a slight decrease in April (but made it back to the top in May). Here is the complete list:

PublishDrive book genre sales | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

Interestingly, genre popularity differed…

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How Libraries Are Coping with the Pandemic

Nicholas C. Rossis

I recently published a post on how the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be affecting publishing. While that article focused on publishers, we now have some interesting data on how it has affected libraries, thanks to NPR (many thanks to my author friend, Elle Boca, for alerting me to this).

How libraries are dealing with new demand during the pandemic

Across the country, libraries have seen demand skyrocket for their electronic offerings, but librarians say they continue to worry about the digital divide and equality in access — not to mention the complicated questions that must be answered before they can reopen for physical lending.

“Since the library closed on March 16, we’ve had about seven thousand people register for library cards,” says Richard Reyes-Gavilan of the District of Columbia Public Libraries. “We’ve had over 300,000 books borrowed since mid-March, which is astounding considering that our collections are limited.”

Libraries and ebook borrowing during the pandemic | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

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