According to a recent Mashable article, American publishers, for the first time, are earning more dough from eBooks than from hardcover book sales. 

So how much are eBooks bringing in? If you don’t include children’s books– $282.3 million in Q1 (a 28.4% increase from Q1 in 2011).

Children’s and YA eBook sales grew 233%. That’s $64.3 million!

Paperback books are still the big earners ($299.8 million for Q1), but that seems to be declining as more and more Americans purchase eReaders, tablets, and smartphones.

We’re curious: what are your book purchasing habits? Do you still buy hardcovers? Do you purchase paperbacks? eBooks? All three? Let us know in the comments section below.

[Chart from Mashable.]

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is an award-winning poet, songwriter, performer, and music producer who now lives in Portland, Maine after more than a decade in Portland, Oregon. His music has been praised by NPR, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.” Robley’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Magma Poetry, and more. He is the 2013 winner of Boulevard's Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers and the 2014 recipient of a Maine Literary Award in the category of "Short Works Poetry."

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