Sunbury Press Bestsellers: The Bestselling eBooks from September 2020

Sunbury Press Bestsellers: The Bestselling eBooks from September 2020

Please join us in celebrating our bestselling eBooks from September 2020! 🎉

We have published over 1,000 books. Not bad, huh? Going strong since 2004, we have always prided ourselves in our ability to find, publish, and promote the highest-quality books we can find. Since it's easy to get lost in the workflow, we like to step back at the end of every month to celebrate just how many readers were able to find our books during a 30-day period.

And September 2020 did NOT let us down. Both new books and older books reached the top five in their categories. Before we get into the top 100 ebooks sold, check out these superstars who reached the top five bestsellers in both fiction and nonfiction.

Nonfiction

Fiction


Top 100 Bestselling eBooks from Sunbury Press in September 2020

# - Author - Title (Imprint)

1. Gerri Almand – The Reluctant RV Wife (Brown Posey Press)
2. Linda Schwab -- Displaced (Sunbury Press)
3. Cynthia & W J Royce -- The Road to Villa Page (Brown Posey Press)
4. Dan Joseph -- Last Ride of the Iron Horse (Sunbury Press)
5. Mike Campbell – Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last 2 ed (Sunbury Press)
6. Lawrence Knorr, et al -- After the Pandemic (Sunbury Press)
7. Tom Copeland -- My War and Welcome to It (Sunbury Press)
8. Oxana Lapchuk -- The Journalist (Sunbury Press)
9. William & Amy Blocher -- Holocaust's Child (Sunbury Press)
10. Ronald Mayer – The 1932 New York Yankees (Sunbury Press)
11. Joe Fair – Call Sign Dracula (Sunbury Press)
12. Jason Altmire – Dead Center (Sunbury Press)
13. Clarissa Jacobson -- I Made a Short Film, Now WTF To Do With It (Sunbury Press)
14. Pat LaMarche = Still Left Out In America (Oxford Southern)
15. Jerry Roth -- Bottom Feeders (Hellbender Books)
16. Oliver Seneca -- When the Sky Goes Dark (Hellbender Books)
17. Louis Greenstein - The Song of Life (Ars Metaphysica)
18. William Cook -- Collision Course (Sunbury Press)
19. Chris Fenwick – Wolf (Hellbender Books)
20. Chris Fenwick -- Human (Hellbender Books)
21. Michael Hawley – Jack the Ripper Suspect Dr. Francis Tumblety (Sunbury Press)
22. Virginia Soenksen - The Ragnarok Resolution (Milford House Press)
23. NAR -- Northern Appalachia Review Volume 1 (Catamount Press)
24. Chris Fenwick -- Fae (Hellbender Books)
25. Mark Pendergrast – The Most Hated Man in America (Sunbury Press)
26. Larry Lehmer -- Bandstandland (Sunbury Press)
27. Marlin Bressi – Pennsylvania Oddities (Sunbury Press)
28. Ron Reitz -- Why vs What (Sunbury Press)
29. Ginny Fite - Possession (Milford House Press)
30. Ben Myers -- American Citizen (Sunbury Press)
31. Karim El Koussa – Jesus the Phoenician (Ars Metaphysica)
32. Gerri Almand - Home Is Where the RV Is (Brown Posey Press)
33. Jessica Weible -- Dead Letters (Sunbury Press)
34. Marlin Bressi -- Pennsylvania Oddities Volume 2 (Sunbury Press)
35. Jeffrey Geiger – German Prisoners of War at Camp Cooke... (Sunbury Press)
36. Virginia Soenksen – The Titan Strain (Milford House Press)
37. Douglas Brode -- Planet Jesus Trilogy: Book Three: Hope & Glory Kind... (Ars Metaphysica)
38. Mark Carlson – The Marines' Lost Squadron: The Odyssey of VMF-422 Ki... (Sunbury Press)
39. David Orange - Long John: The Longest Stride (Milford House Press)
40. Bill Morris – American Berserk (Sunbury Press)
41. Lawrence Knorr – Gettysburg Eddie (Sunbury Press)
42. Maryka Biaggio – Eden Waits (Milford House Press)
43. Virginia Soenksen – The Osiris Contingency (Milford House Press)
44. Barry Libin – The Vatican's Vault (Milford House Press)
45. Kristen Cunnane – Undoing Jane Doe (Sunbury Press)
46. John L Moore -- Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks (Sunbury Press)
47. John L Moore -- Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades (Sunbury Press)
48. Doug Beed – Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam (Sunbury Press)
49. William Lemanski – Lost in the Shadow of Fame (Sunbury Press)
50. Ossont & Dampf -- The Ghosts of Saratoga (Milford House Press)
51. Helga Rist -- The Blood Letter (Sunbury Press)
52. Wendy Webb -- The Eye of the Gargoyle (Milford House Press)
53. Calvin Richardson – Do You, Without Them (Sunbury Press)
54. Doug Brode – Planet Jesus v2: Body and Soul (Ars Metaphysica)
55. Idle Minds -- Pennsylvania Patriots -- (Sunbury Press)
56. Kelly Park -- Just Like Me Volume 1 (Sunbury Press)
57. Victor Hart -- Crossing with the Clarks (Sunbury Press)
58. Peter Gibbs -- Murder at Henrys Fork -- (Milford House Press)
59. Charles Kniffen – Fifty Years in a Fox Hole (Sunbury Press)
60. Jane Austen -- Catharine or the Bower (Brown Posey Press)
61. Jon Hochschartner – Ingrid Newkirk: A Biography of PETA's Founder Ki...(Sunbury Press)
62. Carolyn Perry – For Better, For Worse (Sunbury Press)
63. Doris Wilbur -- Ride the Float (Milford House Press)
64. Jim Remsen – Visions of Teaoga (Milford House Press)
65. Doris Wilbur - A Lenape Captive: Ahmeya -- (Milford House Press)
66. William Cook – Touring America by Automobile in the 1920s (Sunbury Press)
67. Kyle Alexander Romines – The Keeper of the Crows (Hellbender Books)
68. Jim Dohren -- Windy City Stories -- (Sunbury Press)
69. Marie Sontag – The Bronze Dagger (Milford House Press)
70. Shelly Frome – Murder Run - (Milford House Press)
71. William Cook -- The Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping (Sunbury Press)
72. Kyle Alexander Romines -- The Whispers of the Crows (Hellbender Books)
73. Michele Livingston – Messages from Beyond (Ars Metaphysica)
74. JC Gatlin – H_NGM_N (Milford House Press)
75. Simon Landry -- Chestnut Street -- (Milford House Press)
76. Bob Ford – Beagle Tales Christmas (Sunbury Press)
77. Patty Bialak – When the Numbers Don't Add Up (Milford House Press)
78. Virginia Rafferty – The Road to Lattimer (Milford House Press)
79. Job Leach – As the Raven Flies (Milford House Press)
80. Karim El Koussa – Pythagoras the Mathemagician (Ars Metaphysica)
81. Miles Richards -- Wrestling with George -- (Sunbury Press)
82. Jon Hochschartner -- Puppy Killer, Leave Town (Sunbury Press)
83. Doug Brode – Planet Jesus v1: Flesh & Blood (Ars Metaphysica)
84. Michele Livingston – Living in the Afterlife (Ars Metaphysica)
85. Tanya Reimer – Petrified (Milford House Press)
86. Sam Zygner -- Baseball Under the Palms -- (Sunbury Press)
87. Sharon Marchisello -- Secrets of the Galapagos -- (Milford House Press)
88. L D Knorr – Site 22 (Milford House Press)
89. Robert Hecker -- Rush to Glory (Milford House Press)
90. Gronsky & Bohner – A Short Season (Sunbury Press)
91. William A. Cook -- America and the Automobile: A Historical Entertain...(Sunbury Press)
92. Carol Vento – The Hidden Legacy of World War II (Sunbury Press)
93. John Hoptak – Dear Ma: The Civil War Letters of Curtis Clay Pollock ...(Sunbury Press)
94. Sherry Knowlton – Dead of Summer (Milford House Press)
95. Bridget Smith – Where Elephants Fought (Milford House Press)
96. Pamela Bakker - McDowell's Mill Fort in Markes, Pennsylvania, 1753-18...(Sunbury Press)
97. Joan West – Darkness at First Light (Milford House Press)
98. Jyssica Schwartz – You Are Not Alone (Brown Posey Press)
99. Michele Livingston – Inspirational Creatures (Ars Metaphysica)
100. Sherry Knowlton – Dead of Autumn (Milford House Press)


Thank you for checking out our Sunbury Press bestselling ebooks from September 2020! If you liked what you read, please check out our recent blog post "Sunbury Press Authors Discuss Their Favorite Bookstores in the US," or purchase some bestsellers from our virtual bookstore.

Sunbury Press Bestsellers: The Bestselling eBooks of July 2020

Sunbury Press Bestsellers: The Bestselling eBooks of July 2020

In 2020, people have read a whole lot of digital books. So let's celebrate bestselling eBooks from July, shall we?

We take pride in our books. We love each one we publish, whether it's a bestseller or a book that simply helps one reader transform and grow. There's something special to find in each one, and so whenever we finish a month, we like to sit back and see just how many readers were able to find our books during the past thirty days.

And spoiler alert--July 2020 was an awesome month for reading. Both new books and older books reached the top five in their categories. Before we get into the top 100 books sold, check out these literary superstars who reached the top five eBooks in both fiction and nonfiction.

Nonfiction

Graphic of Sunbury Press Bestsellers in eBook for nonfiction

Congratulations to our top five bestselling eBooks in nonfiction!

  1. The 1932 New York Yankees: The Story of a Legendary Team, a Remarkable Season, and a Wild World Series by Ronald Mayer
  2. Last Ride of the Iron Horse: How Lou Gehrig Fought ALS to Play One Final Championship Season by Dan Joseph
  3. The Reluctant RV Wife by Gerri Almand
  4. Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last by Mike Campbell
  5. Call Sign Dracula by Joe Fair

Fiction

this graphic is of the best selling fiction print books from sunbury press in july 2020

Congratulations to our top five bestselling eBooks in fiction!

  1. Bottom Feeders by Jerry Roth
  2. Wolf by Chris Fenwick
  3. Fae by Chris Fenwick
  4. The Whispers of the Crows by Kyle Alexander Holmes
  5. The Vatican's Vault by Barry Libin

Top 100 Bestselling eBooks from Sunbury Press in July 2020

# Author - Title Imprint
1 Ronald Mayer – The 1932 New York Yankees Sunbury Press
2 Dan Joseph -- Last Ride of the Iron Horse Sunbury Press
3 Gerri Almand – The Reluctant RV Wife Brown Posey Press
4 Jerry Roth -- Bottom Feeders Hellbender Books
5 Mike Campbell – Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last (2 ed) Sunbury Press
6 Joe Fair – Call Sign Dracula Sunbury Press
7 Lawrence Knorr, et al -- After the Pandemic Sunbury Press
8 Chris Fenwick -- Human Hellbender Books
9 Joe Fair – Call Sign Dracula (Audio) Sunbury Press
10 Chris Fenwick – Wolf Hellbender Books
11 Chris Fenwick -- Fae Hellbender Books
12 Jessica Weible -- Dead Letters Sunbury Press
13 William Cook -- Collision Course Sunbury Press
14 Oxana Lapchuk -- The Journalist Sunbury Press
15 Linda Schwab -- Displaced Sunbury Press
16 Doug Beed – Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam - (Audio) Sunbury Press
17 William Cook -- The Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping Sunbury Press
18 Kyle Alexander Romines -- The Whispers of the Crows Hellbender Books
19 Michele Livingston – Living in the Afterlife Ars Metaphysica
20 Barry Libin – The Vatican's Vault Milford House Press
21 Tom Copeland -- My War and Welcome to It Sunbury Press
22 Keith Rommel – The Devil Tree (Audio) Hellbender Books
23 Karim El Koussa – Jesus the Phoenician Ars Metaphysica
24 Cynthia & W J Royce -- The Road to Villa Page Sunbury Press
25 Jane Austen -- Catharine or the Bower Brown Posey Press
26 Kyle Alexander Romines – The Keeper of the Crows Hellbender Books
27 Anna-Karin Björklund -- Dream and Believe: The Celestial Art of Creating in Soul Alignment Ars Metaphysica
28 John Cressler – Emeralds of the Alhambra Milford House Press
29 Doug Beed – Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam Sunbury Press
30 Brandon Musgrave – Hour 30 Sunbury Press
31 Jason Altmire – Dead Center Sunbury Press
32 Peter Gibbs -- Murder at Henrys Fork Milford House Press
33 John Cressler – Fortune's Lament Milford House Press
34 Jeffrey Geiger – German Prisoners of War at Camp Cooke, California Sunbury Press
35 Marlin Bressi -- Pennsylvania Oddities Volume 2 Sunbury Press
36 John L Moore -- Bows, Bullets, and Bears Sunbury Press
37 Charles Kniffen – Fifty Years in a Fox Hole Sunbury Press
38 J A Walsh – Purpose of Evasion Milford House Press
39 Carol Vento – The Hidden Legacy of World War II Sunbury Press
40 John Cressler – Shadows in the Shining City Milford House Press
41 Larry Loebell -- Tough Girl in the Jam Brown Posey Press
42 Idle Minds -- Keystone Tombstones Volume 1 Sunbury Press
43 William Lemanski – Lost in the Shadow of Fame Sunbury Press
44 Sharon Marchisello -- Secrets of the Galapagos Milford House Press
45 Idle Minds -- Pennsylvania Patriots Sunbury Press
46 Karim El Koussa – Pythagoras the Mathemagician Ars Metaphysica
47 John L Moore -- Pioneers, Prisoners, and Peacepipes Sunbury Press
48 Mark Pendergrast – The Most Hated Man in America Sunbury Press
49 Lawrence Knorr – Gettysburg Eddie Sunbury Press
50 John L Moore -- Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks Sunbury Press
51 Captain Hooter – Captain Hooter's Connoisseur's Guide to Amsterdam Co... Sunbury Press
52 John L Moore -- Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires Sunbury Press
53 John L Moore -- Scorched Earth Sunbury Press
54 Scott Hendrix -- Gods, Philosophers, and Scientists Sunbury Press
55 Ben Myers -- American Citizen Sunbury Press
56 John L Moore -- Settlers, Soldiers, and Scalps Sunbury Press
57 Helga Rist -- The Blood Letter Sunbury Press
58 Cheryl Brooks – Chicken Bone Beach Sunbury Press
59 Jeff Pappas -- Ponies West Sunbury Press
60 Paula Tucker – Surviving: A Kent State Memoir.. Sunbury Press
61 John L Moore -- Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks Sunbury Press
62 Catherine DePino -- Help Yourself Every Day: Thirty Magical Meditatio... Ars Metaphysica
63 John L Moore -- Warriors, Wampum, and Wolves Sunbury Press
64 Joe Regenbogen – Making a Difference Oxford Southern
65 Marlin Bressi – Pennsylvania Oddities Sunbury Press
66 John L Moore -- Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades Sunbury Press
67 Wendy Webb -- The Eye of the Gargoyle Milford House Press
68 William & Amy Blocher -- Holocaust's Child Sunbury Press
69 Michael Hawley – Jack the Ripper Suspect Dr. Francis Tumblety Sunbury Press
70 Milo Thornberry – Fireproof Moth Sunbury Press
71 Mark Carlson – The Marines' Lost Squadron: The Odyssey of VMF-422 Sunbury Press
72 Kristen Cunnane – Undoing Jane Doe Sunbury Press
73 Keith Rommel – Ice Canyon Monster (Audio) Hellbender Books
74 Glenn Schwartz -- The Weathermaker Milford House Press
75 Gronsky & Bohner – A Short Season Sunbury Press
76 Steven Wagner – Seinsoth Sunbury Press
77 Edward Hocker -- The Fighting Parson of the American Revolution Sunbury Press
78 John Micek – Ordinary Angels Milford House Press
79 Robert Hecker -- Rush to Glory Milford House Press
80 JB Toner – Whisper Music Hellbender Books
81 John Timmerman – Lowlife Milford House Press
82 Joe Harvey -- If We're Really Quiet, It Won't Find Us Milford House Press
83 PJ Piccirillo – The Indigo Scarf Brown Posey Press
84 Jim Remsen – Visions of Teaoga Milford House Press
85 Sherry Knowlton – Dead of Autumn Milford House Press
86 Ossont & Dampf -- The Ghosts of Saratoga Milford House Press
87 Iris Dorbian – Sentenced to Shakespeare Milford House Press
88 Dennis Herrick – Winter of the Metal People Milford House Press
89 Keith Rommel – The Cursed Man (Audio) Milford House Press
90 Tess Rutjens – Stalked by a Demon Ars Metaphysica
91 John Rayburn -- The Remarkable Big Band Era Sunbury Press
92 Bridget Smith – Where Elephants Fought Milford House Press
93 Alan Craven – Till We Have Built Jerusalem Milford House Press
94 Nancy Williams -- Pig Hellbender Books
95 John Rayburn -- A Personal Journey Through the World of Sports Sunbury Press
96 Mark Mitten – Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave Milford House Press
97 Keith Rommel – The Devil Tree II: The Calling Hellbender Books
98 Jim Dohren -- Windy City Stories Brown Posey Press
99 Donald Dewey – Mosquitoes and Tortoises Sunbury Press
100 Susan Daigneault – In the Shadow of a Mountain Sunbury Press

Thank you for checking out our Sunbury Press bestselling print books from July 2020! If you liked what you read, please check out our recent blog post "Sunbury Press Authors Discuss Their Favorite Bookstores in the US," or purchase some bestsellers from our virtual bookstore.

“The 1932 New York Yankees” #1 on Sunbury Press TOP 100 eBooks for April/May 2020

“The 1932 New York Yankees” #1 on Sunbury Press TOP 100 eBooks for April/May 2020

Sunbury Press TOP 100 eBooks (April – May 2020)
# Imp Author — Title Imprint
1 * Ronald Mayer – The 1932 New York Yankees Sunbury Press
2 * Gerri Almand – The Reluctant RV Wife Brown Posey Press
3 Dan Joseph — Last Ride of the Iron Horse Sunbury Press
4 Lawrence Knorr, et al — After the Pandemic Sunbury Press
5 Jessica Weible — Dead Letters — Sunbury Press
6 Mike Campbell – Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last  2 ed Sunbury Press
7 Linda Schwab — Displaced — Sunbury Press
8 Joe Fair – Call Sign Dracula Sunbury Press
9 Mark Pendergrast – The Most Hated Man in America Sunbury Press
10 William Cook — Collision Course Sunbury Press
11 * Chris Fenwick — Fae — Hellbender Books
12 Paula Tucker – Surviving: A Kent State Memoir.. Sunbury Press
13 Chris Fenwick – Wolf Hellbender Books
14 Lawrence Knorr – Gettysburg Eddie Sunbury Press
15 Cynthia & W J Royce — The Road to Villa Page — Sunbury Press
16 * Barry Libin – The Vatican’s Vault Milford House Press
17 Doug Beed – Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam – Sunbury Press
18 Jerry Roth — Bottom Feeders Hellbender Books
19 Charles Kniffen – Fifty Years in a Fox Hole Sunbury Press
20 Jason Altmire – Dead Center Sunbury Press
21 Tom Copeland — My War and Welcome to It — Sunbury Press
22 Kristen Cunnane – Undoing Jane Doe Sunbury Press
23 * Fortress Publishing — Satan’s Petting Zoo — Verboten Books
24 Oxana Lapchuk — The Journalist — Sunbury Press
25 Glenn Schwartz — The Weathermaker — Milford House Press
26 Jeffrey Geiger – German Prisoners of War at Camp Cooke, California  K… Sunbury Press
27 * Michele Livingston – Living in the Afterlife Ars Metaphysica
28 John Rayburn — The Remarkable Big Band Era Sunbury Press
29 Brad Bumsted – Keystone Corruption Continues Sunbury Press
30 Jyssica Schwartz – You Are Not Alone Sunbury Press
31 * Scott Hendrix — Gods, Philosophers, and Scientists Oxford Southern
32 Peter Gibbs — Murder at Henrys Fork — Milford House Press
33 William & Amy Blocher — Holocaust’s Child Sunbury Press
34 Mark Singel — The Life and Loves of Thaddeus Stevens — Milford House Press
35 John Scanlan – Of Guilt and Innocence Milford House Press
36 Matt Ritter – Rainwalkers Brown Posey Press
37 Mark Carlson – The Marines’ Lost Squadron: The Odyssey of VMF-422  Ki… Sunbury Press
38 Idle Minds — Pennsylvania Patriots — Sunbury Press
39 John Cressler – Emeralds of the Alhambra Milford House Press
40 Virginia Rafferty – The Road to Lattimer Milford House Press
41 Michael Hawley – The Ripper’s Haunts Sunbury Press
42 Sharon Marchisello — Secrets of the Galapagos — Milford House Press
43 Calvin Richardson – Do You, Without Them Sunbury Press
44 J A Walsh – Purpose of Evasion Milford House Press
45 Cheryl Brooks – Chicken Bone Beach Sunbury Press
46 Larry Lehmer — Bandstandland Sunbury Press
47 Oliver Seneca — When the Sky Goes Dark Hellbender Books
48 Virginia Brackett — In the Company of Patriots — Sunbury Press
49 Scott Stevens — Twister Town Milford House Press
50 Victor Hart — Crossing with the Clarks Sunbury Press
51 Maryka Biaggio – Eden Waits Milford House Press
52 Carol Vento – The Hidden Legacy of World War II Sunbury Press
53 Dennis Herrick – Winter of the Metal People Milford House Press
54 Marlin Bressi – Pennsylvania Oddities Sunbury Press
55 Michele Livingston – Inspirational Creatures Ars Metaphysica
56 Miles Richards — Wrestling with George — Sunbury Press
57 Chris Williams — Stealing First and Other Old-Time Baseball Stories … Sunbury Press
58 Jim Dohren — Windy City Stories — Brown Posey Press
59 William Lemanski – Lost in the Shadow of Fame Sunbury Press
60 Karim El Koussa – The Phoenician Code 2 ed Ars Metaphysica
61 Hugh Fox – Who, Me? Sunbury Press
62 Mark Mitten – Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave Milford House Press
63 William Cook – Touring America by Automobile in the 1920s Sunbury Press
64 Joan West – Dying for Vengeance Milford House Press
65 Gronsky & Bohner – A Short Season Sunbury Press
66 Sharon Marchisello – Going Home Milford House Press
67 Nancy Williams — Pig — Milford House Press
68 Sherry Knowlton – Dead of Autumn Milford House Press
69 William Cook – Diamond Madness Sunbury Press
70 Joan West – Courting Doubt & Darkness Milford House Press
71 Karim El Koussa – Pythagoras the Mathemagician Ars Metaphysica
72 Michael Hawley – Jack the Ripper Suspect Dr. Francis Tumblety   … Sunbury Press
73 Karim El Koussa – Jesus the Phoenician Ars Metaphysica
74 Bob Ford – Beagle Tales Sunbury Press
75 William F Lee – Ded Reckoning Milford House Press
76 L D Knorr – The Leviticus Mission Milford House Press
77 John Scanlan – Victims of Circumstance Milford House Press
78 Karen Severson – Look, I Shrunk Grandma Sunbury Press
79 Helga Rist — The Blood Letter Sunbury Press
80 John L Moore — Against the Ice Sunbury Press
81 Eileen Obser — Only You — Brown Posey Press
82 Ben Myers — American Citizen — Sunbury Press
83 Sam Zygner — Baseball Under the Palms — Sunbury Press
84 PJ Piccirillo – The Indigo Scarf Brown Posey Press
85 Kyle Alexander Romines – The Keeper of the Crows Hellbender Books
86 Van Carter – REMF Sunbury Press
87 * Arthur Graeff — Conrad Weiser — Distelfink Press
88 John Cressler – Fortune’s Lament Milford House Press
89 Christina Burns – The Journey Called Life Sunbury Press
90 Joan West – Darkness at First Light Milford House Press
91 Idle Minds — Keystone Tombstones Volume 3 — Sunbury Press
92 Steve Kious – Sherlock Holmes and the Crater Lake Adventure Milford House Press
93 John Cressler – Shadows in the Shining City Milford House Press
94 Bob Ford – Beagle Tales 2 Sunbury Press
95 Alan Mindell – The B Team Milford House Press
96 Joe Farley – Trumpet Call to Victory Sunbury Press
97 Michele Livingston — Spiritual Treasures Ars Metaphysica
98 Phyllis Hochstetler – Behind Barbed Wire & High Fences Sunbury Press
99 Fortress Pub – The Devil’s Grasp Hellbender Books
100 Bob Ford – Beagle Tales 5 Sunbury Press
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The continuing plummet of eBook sales for publishers

This month, as I analyzed our sales, it was evident that eBooks have continued a fairly steep decline. I have been commenting on this for years and have been reading a lot of conflicting information. The chart to my left shows how much Amazon dominates the eBook marketplace worldwide. As an part-time economics professor, I know just enough to recognize a monopoly when I see one! Also evident is how dominant the US market is for eBooks. The rest of the world is not even close — the UK being a distant second.
The conflicting information I have been reading concerns some who say it is only the big publishers that are seeing a decline in eBook sales. The owner of SmashWords claims eBook sales are performing fine — IF YOU LOWER YOUR PRICE.
Meanwhile, the Amazon monopoly is a few years into the Kindle Unlimited subscription model. As this service has gained in popularity, outright sales of eBooks have continued to collapse while pages viewed in Kindles through this program have increased. However, it is evident from many sources that author incomes are DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY.
Diagnoses — Amazon took over and is now ruining the eBook marketplace by completely controlling everything. Publishers and independent authors can no longer influence how much they get paid through the service — you are at the mercy of the variable pennies paid per page. While Jeff Bezos continues to be the richest man in the world, authors and publishers are making less from eBooks.
What should we do about this? EBooks are less than 10% of our mix and they cost extra to create plus we pay higher royalties for them. It is also not profitable or sensible to try to increase our efforts on other platforms that have such a small percentage of the business. In other words, a platform that is 10% of the ebook marketplace that is a portion of our 10% of sales would only be a 1% impact. We’re looking to grow much faster than that. To paraphrase the soon-to-be Speaker of the House, “These are just crumbs!”
What shall we do?
A) Chase the crumbs — lose money and diversify among different eBook channels?
B) Drink the Kool-Aid — Go all-in with Amazon and sign everyone up for Kindle Unlimited. This means taking everything down everywhere else — yes, that is the contractual requirement!
C) Bag eBooks altogether? How many of you actually read this way anymore?
D) Protest and pull all eBooks from Amazon and only sell them on other platforms?
E) Start a class-action lawsuit charging Amazon with monopoly power. This is something the Federal Government would need to take up in an anti-trust suit.
I will be thinking about this in my spare time. I welcome your suggestions.

On bookstores and book orders

Alas, another brick and mortar book chain has succumbed to the Amazon behemoth. Here’s the article from Publishers Weekly:
Appleton, Wisc.-based Book World Inc. has announced that it is closing all bookstores in its Book World chain that operates 45 outlets across the Midwest. In a letter to its business partners and vendors as well as in a release sent to media, Book World said that liquidation sales will begin on November 2 at all 45 locations. The sales will continue until all inventory — books, magazines, greeting cards, gifts, and other sidelines – is gone. The company expects that all stores will be closed by January 15.
In the letter to Book World’s business partners, senior v-p Mark Dupont said that while the chain had been able to weather the advent of e-books, in the past 12 months sales started plummeting and still continue to drop. Dupont attributed the downturn to the national consumer shift towards e-commerce and away from large department stores. This, Dupont wrote, “has triggered the loss of vital mall anchor stores and a downward spiral in customer counts, reducing sales to a level that will no longer sustain our business.”
“We didn’t anticipate being in this situation,” Dupont told PW, disclosing that the decision to liquidate the company was made about 10 days ago. “I thought I’d be at Book World until the day I retired.”
Book World stores are located throughout the Midwest, outside of the region’s most populated metropolitan areas, most of them either in small town business districts or in shopping malls. There are 20 stores in Wisconsin, eight in Illinois, seven in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, five in Minnesota, three in Iowa, and one each in Missouri and in North Dakota. Dupont said a dozen employees in Book World’s corporate office will be laid off, as well as more than 300 booksellers across the 45 stores.
The first Book World store was founded in 1976 by William Streur in Rhinelander, Wisc.; Streur has always shied away from industry attention as he and his family built up the company over the years; the company declined to cooperate with a 2010 PW profile.
Du Pont, noting that Book World just opened a location in Jefferson City, Mo. said that some of the stores — especially those in downtown areas — are doing well, and expressed his hope that people interested in bookselling in communities about to lose their Book World outlet would open up their own bookstore, perhaps even in the same building. “Many of the stores are truly still healthy,” he wrote.
“We’re saddened to hear the news of a longstanding family business in our region closing and wish all of the employees best wishes with this transition,” wrote Carrie Obry, the executive director of the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association. While MIBA will be losing some members, Obry noted that “the real impact will be in the communities that have to do without a bookstore until someone opens a new one.”
Given the relatively small store count, we don’t expect this closing to have a major impact on publishers. However, it is indicative of the point we are at in this business. While the vast majority of books are still sold in print, the majority of books are sold online, through ecommerce.
At Sunbury Press, we continue to be very supportive of our local and regional booksellers, and urge our authors to select them for events over Barnes and Noble and Books-A-Million whenever possible.
We will continue to monitor our risk of returns from the book trade, as we continue to navigate these choppy waters. Next year will be our 15th in business, and we hope to continue for many many more years.
We have had a number of questions recently about ordering books for events. Bookstores can order from us directly at a 40% discount, or can order from Ingram. We would prefer a direct order — or that you handle the books for your events. This month, we are once again in receipt of a large number of copies returned from book events where the stores over-ordered. These boomerang books are deducted from your royalties and build up in our inventory, when you could have just picked them up and used them at your next event.  If you are doing a series of author events, please work with the bookstores to prevent returns. They are expensive for all parties involved.
And, for those of you ordering books, don’t forget to use the A50 coupon code when checking out. We’ve had to fix a number of orders this past month. Please email orders@sunburypress.com if you have any questions.

The Rise and Fall of eBooks – What’s Next For 21st Century Publishing?

by Emma Crosby

2012-12-11_ebookThere’s no denying the power of a good book, whether it’s in traditional print or digital format, and new tales are constantly being woven that continue to make the move to the big and little screens. However, the initial boom of eBooks looks to be coming to an end, with eBook sales taking a severe hit in recent years. This has caused some large print retailers, such as Waterstones in the UK, to claim that the print form is set to make a comeback. Whether the digital marketplace really is dead for books could be more complicated than it seems, and there are a number of reasons that could account for the lull in popularity over the last few years. The fact is that the written word is becoming increasingly digital, whether it appears in the form of creative literary works or marketing material, with ever increasing access to mobile internet and portable digital devices, we are all far more likely to be reading from digital sources. It could be the latest book in the Game of Thrones series, or some content produced by web copywriting agencies, and it perhaps this ongoing reliance and preference for the digital format that makes the drop in eBook sales so puzzling.

 

eBook Facts and Trends

nookbutton3In order to put things in perspective, it’s perhaps important to remember that eBooks have been through a bad patch before. Since their initial appearance in the late 1990s, eBooks were initially slow to be accepted. While a few big name authors, such as Stephen King, were quick to embrace the new format, technology limitations at the time made reading an eBook a generally unpleasant experience, with many of the early devices developed exclusively for eBooks causing eye strain and headaches as a result of bright screens and poor letter visibility. However, as the technology became better, the demand increased. The release of the first Amazon Kindles met with great success, and spurned on a huge growth in eBook sales. Understandably, a number of publishers were quick to get involved as well, leading to eBooks being distributed by a number of major publishing houses and book retailers. Furthermore, the Apple iPad, and accompanying tablets that hit the market, helped to increase the popularity and convenience of eBooks even more.

 

Two Sides of the Coin

kindle-img.1While there is concern over the recent plummet in sales figures, it’s not necessarily all bad news. To begin with, many thought that the previous triple figure growth was not sustainable, and bound to come to an end sooner or later. Additionally, many in the sector see the slow down as a good sign, or at the very least a mixed blessing to some extent. The slow down in eBooks sales has for example, also slowed down the decline of print sales, which is good news for both traditional book shops and publishers heavily invested in print. Additionally, a large proportion of the growth last year is thought to be down to big blockbuster books, such as Fifty Shades of Grey, and The Hunger Games. There were no titles that claimed this level of popularity in the intervening time period. Secondly, while tablet sales have been going through the roof, research has shown that tablet users are much less likely to buy eBooks than those that purchase dedicated eBook readers, such as the Kindle. Analysts also point to the fact that everyone in the industry is likely to be much happier with a more stable, cross format marketplace in the future, and that eBook sales are likely to remain much lower than before for a few more years. That said, it certainly looks like the eBook isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and will simply be another possible choice for the reader. Finally, the fact that just over 30% of all eBook revenue was generated by indie and self publishing authors is a sign that the eBook will certainly continue to be a favourite platform for writers to showcase and sell their work. Overall then, while the sudden drop in sales may be a shock, it doesn’t necessarily translate into bad news for the eBook, or the book world in general. In fact, we are likely to see not only a return to print in the future, but a much more stable marketplace in general, while eBooks continue to be a great platform for up and coming writers.

Sunbury Press bookstore to open February 1 in Mechanicsburg

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press, the book publisher of trade paperbacks and eBooks located at 50 West Main Street, Mechanicsburg (www.sunburypress.com), is celebrating its tenth year in business in 2014. Sunbury’s books feature established and emerging authors in many fiction and nonfiction categories and are sold through leading booksellers worldwide.

Standing room only...

Standing room only…

“2013 was our best year ever,” said co-owner Lawrence Knorr. “Our sales topped all prior years and we exhibited at Book Expo America in New York City. We also held several great events at our Mechanicsburg office.”

Sunbury Press has grown rapidly over the years and now publishes, on average, 70 books a year, having over 200 titles and 120 authors under management.

“We are a traditional press, not a vanity press,” explained co-owner Tammi Knorr. “We receive over 1,000 manuscript proposals a year and select only the best for publication. We do not charge our authors to publish. Instead, we invest in the manuscript by editing, designing and formatting it into a high quality finished product at our expense. We then pay our authors royalties on the sales.”

Some of Sunbury Press’s best-selling titles include “Pit Bulls” by Anthony Julien, a compilation of historic photos of pit bulls with

Pit Bulls

Pit Bulls

their families, the “Keystone Tombstones” series by Joe Farrell and Joe Farley, documenting the lives and graves of famous people buried in Pennsylvania, Mike Campbell’s “Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last,” revealing the fate of the aviatrix, lost in the South Pacific,” and Ernie Marshall’s “That Night at Surigao,” recording the last engagement between battleships in World War 2. In addition to local, regional and world history, the company publishes historical fiction, action adventure, murder mysteries, horror, literary fiction, children’s, self-help, sports and etc.

The Knorrs have decided to up the ante in 2014, converting their office, which had been a showroom and event space, into a full-fledged Sunbury Press bookstore.

“We had a lot of success with our author events – especially on First Fridays,” said Lawrence. “We had people standing out on the sidewalk trying to hear our authors who were presenting inside. While the vast majority of our sales are online and through bookstores around the world, we have had a number of local people who just want to stop in to buy our books. Our books sold well at our events, so we’ve invested in shelves and fixtures and will be offering all of our titles all of the time at our 50 West Main Street location.”

The new Sunbury Press retail store opens February 1st. Store hours are Tuesday thru Friday 10-5 and Saturday from 9 to 2.

ktcw_pub“We will also be holding events on most First Fridays,” said Tammi. “Those Fridays, we’ll stay open until 10 pm.”

Sunbury Press will be offering special deals available only to walk-in customers, such as bargain books and buy-one-get-one free offers. There will also be a limited number of used books not published by Sunbury Press.

For more information, please see www.sunburypress.com, or on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Sunbury-Press-Books/143239….

Sunbury Press eBooks now available for the SONY Reader

Mechanicsburg, PA – Sunbury Press, Inc., the trade publisher, has contracted with SONY to distribute eBooks on the SONY Reader platform through the SONY Reader Store.

About the SONY Reader:
SONY logoThe Sony Reader is a line of e-book readers manufactured by Sony, who invented the electronic ink reader with its Librie. It uses an electronic paper display developed by E Ink Corporation, is viewable in direct sunlight, requires no power to maintain a static image, and is usable in portrait or landscape orientation.

Sony sells e-books for the Reader from the Sony eBook Library store in the US, UK, Japan, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Spain and Canada. The Reader also can display Adobe PDFs, ePub format, RSS newsfeeds, JPEGs, and Sony’s proprietary BBeB (“BroadBand eBook”) format. Some Readers can play MP3 and unencrypted AAC audio files.

Compatibility with Adobe digital rights management (DRM) protected PDF and ePub files allows Sony Reader owners to borrow ebooks from lending libraries in many countries.
The DRM rules of the Reader allow any purchased e-book to be read on up to six devices, at least one of which must be a personal computer running Windows or Mac OS X. Although the owner cannot share purchased eBooks on others’ devices and accounts, the ability to register five Readers to a single account and share books accordingly is a possible workaround.

Please see the Sony Reader Store:
https://ebookstore.sony.com/

For more information about Sunbury Press, please see:
http://www.sunburypress.com/

Sunbury Press eBooks now available through FREADING at major libraries

Mechanicsburg, PA – Sunbury Press, Inc., the trade publisher, has contracted with Library Ideas, LLC for their FReading service to distribute eBooks to thousands of libraries worldwide.

freading logoAbout Library Ideas & FReading:
Library Ideas, LLC is a privately held company located in Fairfax, Virginia.  Library Ideas supplies digital products and websites to libraries of all kinds around the world.  Their signature products are Freading eBooks, Freegal Music and Rocket Languages for Libraries.

The Freading Ebook Service is a download Ebook service sold to Libraries for free use by its registered cardholders. Please check with your local library to see if they have contracted for the service. The service is only available to subscribing libraries and members, and you must enter the Freading Site via the Library URL.

The Freading service offers library patrons unlimited, simultaneous access to the available titles. There’s no access fee for libraries and libraries budget a given amount for access to the collection. Patrons can then download books for a two-week loan, with a two-week renewal if desired. The library is charged for each download as follows up to the limit of the budget:

o 0-6 months after print publication $2 per loan, $.50 per renewal.
o 7-24 months after print publication $1 per loan, no renewal charge.
o More than 25 months after print publication $.50 per loan, no renewal charge.

The fees are invisible to the patron. Libraries can also just pay as they go, receiving a regular monthly statement, to avoid patrons being denied access once a set budget limit has been reached.

Participating libraries include Orange County Public Library System (FL), the Free Library of Philadelphia, Maricopa County Library District, AZ, Los Gatos Public Library (CA), the Westport Public Library (CT), and many more.

Please see the new arrivals at:
http://freading.com/pages/new_arrivals

For more information about Sunbury Press, please see:
http://www.sunburypress.com/