E-book sales WAY up in February

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Publishers Weekly reports that e-book sales were up sharply for February, with TRIPLE digit growth, up 202.3 percent with $90.3 million in sales, the leading segment as reported by the AAP. Thanks to e-book readers given as gifts over the holidays, e-book sales now equal trade paperback sales.

Other segments declined in February.

…adult hardcover sales plunging 43%, to $46.2 million at the 17 houses that reported figures, while mass market paperback sales tumbled 41.5%, to $29.3 million at the nine reporting houses.


Hm.

Comments

  1. Charles Knight says:

    Mainly because it’s so goddam easy, a couple of clicks on the computer and it’s all done.

  2. thefreakytiki says:

    Isn’t this info skewed because Borders was not ordering because of liquidity issues? Were they not shut off from ordering from certain publishers because of $$$ already owed?

    the Tiki

  3. It doesn’t skew the data so much as it validates it…

  4. Snikt Snakt says:

    PRINT IS DEAD!

    LONG LIVE THE E-BOOK READER!!!

  5. I saw sales of my ebooks soar in February and March and so far April is on track to surpass both those months.

    I’m thrilled. For the first time as an author (having been traditionally published for years) I have control and get the profits for my hard work.

    :)

  6. thefreakytiki says:

    @Bill Cunningham

    Please explain. I would figure that if you take out one of the largest buyers (who is also returning stock) it would absolutely skew these numbers. Not to mention the fact that so many locations are closing and that cuts off/shifts consumers habits.

    the Tiki :tiki:

  7. Nick Jones says:

    I honestly do not understand why anybody would want to read something on a device when they could get a print version. Hell, any article I come across online that is more than three pages I usually print out so I don’t have to look at it on a computer screen.

  8. “Please explain. I would figure that if you take out one of the largest buyers (who is also returning stock) it would absolutely skew these numbers. Not to mention the fact that so many locations are closing and that cuts off/shifts consumers habits.”

    You may call it “skewing the numbers,” but I think it’s more like a correct representation of the current trend. (And I’m far from an e-book fan.)

    Tell me this: Do you think Borders is going to re-start ordering a large number of books any time soon? How many of those closing Borders locations are going to re-open and sell books to readers in the near future?

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