Survey Says — eBooks Are Good for the Book Business


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Perhaps these statistics aren’t all that surprising, but according to the New York Times, eBooks were good for the book business in 2012. A recent BookStats survey of roughly 1,500 publishers (including the big six) shows that:

* eBook sales in fiction were up 42% from the year before — thanks in part to the growing popularity of the romance genre following the “Fifty Shades of Grey” phenomenon.

* eBook sales accounted for $1.8 billion.

* eBook sales in nonfiction grew 22% to $484.2 million.

* Children’s and YA eBook sales increased 117 percent ( to $469.2 million).

* eBooks accounted for 20% of publisher’s revenues in 2012, up from 15% the year before.

* Sales of print formats were flat or on the decline; eBooks and audiobooks were on the rise.

* Revenue from brick-and-mortar bookstores dropped 7%; online sales (through retailers like Amazon) rose 21%.

According to the New York Times article, publishers attributed a 22% bump in revenue from downloadable audiobooks to the growing use of mobile devices.

Have you been swept up in the eBook revolution? Do you have a tablet or eReader? How often do you buy eBooks? How often do you buy print books? Let us know in the comments below.

Chris Robley 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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