Thursday, January 28, 2016

The fact of the matter is that net sales of hardback and paperback books have held relatively steady for the past 5 years

AAP report: book sales down 2% in first 9 months of 2015; eBook sales down 11%.  (Talking New Media, 1/27/2016)

The articles stresses that the American Association of Publishers does not report on sales of all ebooks.  Its focus is generally on larger, established, American publishers as opposed to small presses and self-published materials.

This caveat, of course, will not stop the ongoing brouhaha over the actual sales of ebooks.

It is, perhaps, instructive to note the AAP reports that sales of children's/YA ebooks for January-September 2015 are down 44.8% from the comparable period in 2014.  Paperbacks, on the other hand, are up 13.3%.

Bottom line:  People are still reading print in mass quantities.

Related posts:
Print continues to hold its own.  (1/21/2015)
Is this the future of e-books?  (8/27/2014)
Who's reading ebooks (by household income). (7/20/2014)
Ebook digital subscription services: Is it a bjargain? (7/20/2014)
Which is what you would have predicted after reading "In So Many Words" in March 1997.  (5/28/2014)
Amazon delivers the "Lesley Gore" ultimatum.  (4/25/2014)
The boom is over for ebooks.  (4/2/2014)
Ebooks and the hype of emerging technology: Have we finally reached the slope of enlightenment?  (3/11/2014) 
Pew Research report on e-reading.  (1/16/2014)
Book sales update as of October 2013.  (1/10/2014)
The 24-hour news recycle: Mein Kampf edition.  (1/7/2014) 

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