Two months after a similar move by FedEx, UPS has announced changes to its dimensional weight pricing schedule – with a twist. FedEx plans to decrease its DIM divisor from 166 to 139 as of Jan. 2, effectively increasing the shipping costs on millions of ecommerce parcels. UPS is also lowering its divisor to 139 as of Jan. 8, but is exempting, at least for now, domestic air and ground parcels that are less than one cubic foot (1,728 cubic inches). Effective Jan. 8, UPS will follow FedEx by assessing its additional handling charge on any package whose longest side exceeds 48 inches, down from the previous 60 inches. UPS is also increase the over-maximum package charge from $110 to $150; items shipped by UPS Freight will be exempt from the charge. click Read More below for additional detail
First-quarter e-book sales were down 2.5% and 36.6% in the adult and children’s/young adult categories, respectively, according to figures in AAP’s StatShot program. With sales of hardcover and paperback also down, first quarter sales in the children’s/ya category fell 15.9%.
In adult books, the decline in e-book sales was offset by increases in paperback and audiobook and sales for the entire category rose 3.4% in the quarter.
At the end of the quarter, e-books accounted for 30.0% of adult book sales down from 31.8% at the end of the first quarter of 2014. E-books accounted for 12.6% of first quarter 2015 children’s/ya sales, down from 16.7% in last year’s first period. Combining adult and children’s/ya results, e-book sales were down 8.1% in the quarter.
The StatShot figures are based on sales from 1,210 publishers.