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News stories from the book world in February 2009

February 2009

Books published in English soar to 381,250

9 February 2009

HarperCollins' worldwide sales have plunged 25% in the last quarter, with book publishing income falling 65 percent to $23 million. Partly this is in comparison to last year when the company had a trio of bestsellers, and HarperCollins UK CEO Victoria Barnsley insists that that the company's UK sales increased by 13.5% in this period.   Read more

Amazon just gets bigger and bigger

2 February 2009

Amazon has just announced an increase in sales of 18% to $6.7 billion (£4.6bn) in the last quarter. Its net income rose 9% to $225 million (£155m), above analysts' expectations, and it was a truly amazing result in relation to the sharp downturn shown by virtually every other retailer.   Read more