E-books sales surge after the holidays. (USA Today, 1/9/2012)
Excerpt: It's reflected on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list, which tracks combined sales of e-book and print editions. The latest list, based on sales data from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, shows a remarkable burst of digital book sales after e-readers were unwrapped as gifts — for 42 of the top 50 titles, the e-book editions were the most popular format. The previous high, in July, was 25 of the top 50.
For e-books, "the two weeks after Christmas is what the two weeks before Halloween is to pumpkins," says Michael Norris, an analyst with Simba Information, a market research firm.
Other informational tidbits.
- 1 in 5 U.S. adults read ebooks on a variety of devices.
- 5,000,000 Amazon Kindles sold since its release less than 2 months ago.
- Print books comprise 80% of sales, though this number will continue to ebb.
- 40,000,000 iPads sold in 2011. (Caveat.) You can count me in this group. It's the device I used to share photos and brief commentaries during a recent trip to Paris.
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I'll probably incorporate this comment into the session 8 small group discussions during this semester's Public Library course @ UW-Madison SLIS. It's not all blue skies and bright sunshine out there.
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