The Relentless March of E-books

The AAP released their monthly figures (for May) on Thursday, and the same trends that we have seen all year have continued. Print is in freefall. Adult hardback dropped 38.2% year-on-year, adult trade paperback fell 14.3%, and adult mass-market paperback plunged 39.4%. By contrast, e-books grew 146.9% year-on-year. Children’s YA paperback bucked the trend by growing in May 2011 by 4.7% year-on-year. However, when we look at how all categories are performing in the first five months of 2011, these kind of spikes tend to flatten out. Print is being hammered. Adult hardback is down 23.4% from the same period in 2010. Adult trade paperback is down 17.9%. Adult mass-market paperback is down 30.1%. Children’s/YA hardback is down 6.3%. Children’s YA/Paperback Read More…

Do You Prefer Print Books? Enjoy Them While You Can

While I might beat the self-publishing drum at times, I don’t celebrate when I hear publishers are in trouble, or bookstores are closing down, because there are always people behind the headlines, and it has ramifications for the entire book world. The closure of bookstores, in particular, is disheartening. And when people say – as a lot of my friends do – that they have no interest in e-books, and can’t imagine ever using an e-reader, I get it. People have an emotional attachment to print books. You see them in bookstores, wandering the aisles in a daze, stroking the spine of a book as if it were the photo of a lost love. They take it from the shelf, Read More…