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This Month's Publishing News: October 2019
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October 2019
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October 2019

Another month means more publishing news and relevant updates that writers should be aware of. Check out what's new in the publishing industry this October.

Low Sales for Book Stores

According to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau, bookstore sales fell 10.3% in August of 2019. Because August is back-to-school season when bookstores usually sell more books to eager students, the study suggests that students are continuing to move away from physical books and pick up the digital versions instead. This report continues a trend in bookstore sales as the first eight months of the year reported lower numbers than those that were seen in 2018. Read more about this on Publishers Weekly

The Breakdown of Books

Lit Hub recently put out an article about the fact that all of our books are slowly decaying. Whether your collection is big or small, it can take anywhere from 30 to 100 years for a book to fully succumb to a process called embrittlement. While this news may not affect the everyday reader much, it does affect libraries and other institutions that house historic and noteworthy texts. The fate of books is inevitable and with more printed materials in our world more now than ever, many book collectors are having to consider digitally scanning these important texts or spending a lot of time and money to repair them. Read up on this fascinating topic.

Self-Publishing Is In Full Swing

New reports from Bowker show that self-published authors are on the rise as it grew at a rate of 40% in 2018. Throughout 2018, self-published titles in the Bowker database grew from 1.2 million to 1.6 million insighting close to 500,000 new self-published titles throughout the year. While 2018 was a great year for self-published authors, it seems that 2019 is no different as numbers continue to rise. Read more on this rise in self-published books on Bowker.

Hachette Book Group Launches New Imprint

This October Hatchette Book Group announced that they were opening up a new imprint under their Hatchette Books division. The new imprint, Hatchette Go focuses on non-fiction books and will include authors like Al Roker and Olga Kazhan from The Atlantic. The publisher hopes that these titles will "help readers change their lives for the better." Read more about this new imprint.

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