Friday, October 27, 2017

UPDATE. Print shares appropriate Mark Twain quote: "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated"

E-books Declined 4.6% and Audio Grew 32.0% in 2017.  (Good e-Reader, 10/26/2017)
Although e-book sales are no longer declining in double digit figures for the past year, print sales continue to soar. This has been a boon for bookstores all over the United States, especially indie shops. According to the American Booksellers Association, independent bookstores are thriving — with a 25% increase in ABA membership since 2009. Bookstore sales are up 6.1% since January 2016, the U.S. Census Bureau reports.

9/13/2017 update, " January-April 2016-2017 book sales comparison:  revenues and percentage change", starts here.

Downloaded Audio Up 34.4% in April 2017.  (AAP, 9/11/2017)

8/2/2017 update, "2016-2017 1st quarter book sales comparison:  revenues and percentage change", starts here.

AAP reports book sales revenue up 4.9% in Q1, while eBook sales revenue falls 5.3%.  (Talking New Media, 8/1/2017)

2/24/2017 update starts here.

AAP: Print and audiobook sales revenue increase through first 3 quarters of 2016, but eBook sales by member publishers falls 18.7%.  (Talking New Media, 2/24/2017)

2/16/2017 update starts here.

eBooks sales were down 18.9% from January to August 2016.  (Good Ereader, 1/25/2017)

12/20/2016 update starts here.

E-Book sales were down 19.2% and Audio up by 31.1% in July 2016.  (Good Ereader, 12/20/2016)

11/16/2016 update starts here.

AAP: US book sales down 3.4% in first half of 2016; eBook sales down 20% through June.  (Talking New Media, 11/15/2016)

10/20/2016 update, "Snapshot of May 2015/2016 book sales", starts here.

10/5/2016 update, "Snapshot of April 2015/2016 book sales", starts here.

Or 'statshot', if you will.

Book Sales Down 7% in April: AAP StatShot.  (GalleyCat, 10/4/2016)

Original 9/23/2016 post, "Digital audiobooks are kicking butt", starts here.

And so is Carl Hiaasen.

Audiobooks Turn More Readers Into Listeners as E-Books Slip.  (The New York Times, 9/23/2016)

Possible contributing factors to overall 2.7% decline in revenue.

  • No 'monster' bestseller, a la "The Girl on a Train", which sold 2,000,000 copies in the first 4 months of 2015.
  • Adult coloring book fad fadeout.  Sales increased to 12,000,000 in 2015, uip from 1,000,000 in 2014.
  • Increase in downloadable audiobook sales.  (Since my wife started to ride the bus to work, she has abandoned ebooks for audiobooks.)
As for me, I still check out audiobooks at the public library.

Whenever  I read Hiaasen in print, my wife will ask me the following question over and over again:  "What's so funny?"

Related posts:
Pew Research: Print books remain the preferred format for reading.  (9/5/2016)
Year-to-date book sales comparison.  (7/29/2016)
Snapshot of 2014/2015 comparable book sales by general format.  (4/28/2016)
Overall, sales of print books are up for 2nd year in a row.  (2/22/2016)
The fact of the matter is that net sales of hardback and paperback books have held relatively steady for the past 5 years.  (1/28/2016)
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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