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News stories from the book world in March 2005

March 2005

'The greatest explosion of communications'

28 March 2005

A major new study of book publishing across Europe shows an encouraging trend, if, that is, you think that the rapidly increasing number of books being published is a good sign.  Read more

US book market trends

21 March 2005

A recent Association of American PublishersThe national trade association of the American book publishing industry; AAP has more than 300 members, including most of the major commercial publishers in the United States, as well as smaller and non-profit publishers, university presses and scholarly societies meeting highlighted interesting trends in the American book business.  Read more

Expanding the market?

14 March 2005

Expanding the Market, a major study carried out by Book Marketing Limited and financed by the Arts Council, has revealed some disturbing facts about British book-buyers. In spite of the fact that 130,000 books are published every year, a third of adults do not buy books at all and a quarter don’t feel welcome in bookshops.  Read more

Penguin in trouble

7 March 2005

The Penguin Group worldwide suffered a 41 per cent fall in profits in 2004. Its parent company Pearson saw an improvement in results both for the Financial Times and for its core educational business, fuelling probably unfounded rumours that Pearson might be looking to sell the 70-year-old publisher.  Read more