#scotbookconf | Steve Bohme, Nielsen BookScan: “The book market is fast changing and always evolving.”

Publishing Scotland Conference – COSLA – 24th February 2015.

nielsen“The book market is fast changing and always evolving. We need to observe the changing nature of the book buyer.”

Never have statistics been quite so enjoyable or themed by wildlife, but they are embargoed until March 25th. In theory this post could be a blacked out mess of non-viewable statistics.

“There can be optimism, but there’s no room for complacency.”

After years of the book trade worrying about the digital impact, it’s widely considered that the growth is levelling out and publishers, retailers and others in the industry have made it through the toughest time. Steve’s talk looks through the changing genres, purchasing models, consumers and points-of-purchase to show the changes over the last few years through their own data.

Naturally, this post is short and without real justice. But check back at the end of March and I might flesh this out with the statistics once they’re publicly available. It makes for interesting reading. The important thing is his note, that mirrors that of Charlie Redmayne (HarperCollins UK), that there’s never room for complacency in the business.

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