Showbiz Sandbox 351: What We Know and Don’t Know About Book Publishing in 2016

January 16, 2017


Looking at how the publishing industry fared over the past year it quickly becomes apparent that there aren’t a lot of hard sales figures thanks to online retailers which don’t publish such data. With e-books accounting for 70% of all adult fiction purchases in 2016 the industry has become impossible to track. One measurable trend however is the record number of e-books being borrowed from traditional libraries.

Meanwhile, the box office has already claimed its first victims of the new year, with three high profile films tanking in their debut weekend. Does this mean Hollywood movie stars can no longer ensure a decent opening weekend?

Maybe moviegoers were simply catching up on all the year end movies that are being hailed during awards season. Nominations were announced last week by the guilds representing directors, producers, cinematographers and costume designers.

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including layoffs at Pandora, a Jimmy Buffett musical has plans for Broadway and George Lucas brings his long planned museum to Los Angeles.


Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to End Its 146-Year Run

comScore Announces Official Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of January 15, 2017

Lucasfilm Has “No Plans” for Digital Re-Creation of Carrie Fisher as Leia

Michael Lynton to step down as CEO of Sony Entertainment

DGA Film Nominees Revealed; Nate Parker Scores First-Time Director Nom

‘Arrival,’ ‘La La Land,’ ‘Lion,’ ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Silence’ Score ASC Nominations

‘La La Land,’ ‘Jackie’ Among Costume Designers Guild Award Nominees

2017 PGA Film Nominees Include ‘Deadpool,’ ‘Moonlight,’ ‘La La Land’; ‘Westworld,’ ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Atlanta’ Among TV

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney – BookFilter

At the End of the World by Lawrence Millman – BookFilter

How America Lost Its Secrets by Edward Jay Epstein

Los Angeles Will Be Home to George Lucas’ $1-Billion Museum

BBC Boasts Best Ever Week for iPlayer During Festive Season

Star Trek’ Fan Film Dispute Goes to Jury Trial in Big Ruling

Pandora Announces Layoffs, Plans to Reduce Workforce by 7%

Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Margaritaville’ Musical Is Broadway Bound

‘Duck Dynasty’ Creators Sue ITV for $100M, Claim Extortion

‘Urban Myths’ Episode With Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson Canceled by Sky TV

Study: Female Filmmakers Lost Ground in 2016

The Top 10 Print Book and Amazon Kindle Bestsellers of 2016

Record Number of E-books and Audiobooks Borrowed from Library in 2016

Ann Brebner, Casting Director for George Lucas, Dies at 93

William Peter Blatty, Author of ‘The Exorcist,’ Dies at 89


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