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Old 03-30-2012, 12:02 PM   #1
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Amazing rise of eBook sales in 2011 (USA)

Adult books
$99.5M in Jan 2012; $66.6M in Jan 2011; +49.4% increase

Children’s/Young Adult
$22.6M in Jan 2012; $3.9M in Jan 2011; +475.1% increase

Religious (new AAP categories)
$6.7M in Jan 2012; $2.7M in Jan 2011; +150.7% increase

Source: http://www.publishers.org/press/62/

I don't care much for young adult genre but while rise is good (kiddies are reading!) I don't like implications of it. Almost all of it must be from Amazon, Apple and B&N; so whichever the kid (or the patent) choose is probably got a customer for life. Way too much control for the bookseller. Maybe it is not an issue when you are a grown man who knows how the things are, but these are children.

Anyway, still good news. I just hope it is not all sparkling unvampires =)

This also means that we will see much more crappy novels for teenagers.

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Old 03-30-2012, 12:06 PM   #2
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Hunger Games, Harry Potter, and the like are classified as Young Adult. There is some good Young Adult literature out there, I happen to enjoy a fair amount of it. (shrugs)

And I do think some of it is driven by the fact that e-readers are cheap enough that parents are buying them from their kids.
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Old 03-30-2012, 12:19 PM   #4
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I would think the competition among e-readers in 2011 is the driving force for the increase in e-books. New device needs books! Now the bigger question to consider is when the e-reader wars subside, what will the resulting change be in e-book sales? And is it sustainable?
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Old 03-30-2012, 12:23 PM   #5
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At least in the UK, the following article says that growth in ebooks does not equal growth in revenue for publishers, because of how many free and low-cost self-published books are out there.

http://www.teleread.com/ebooks/growt...-market-in-uk/
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Old 03-30-2012, 12:42 PM   #6
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Approx $129 Mil in e-book sales. How does that stand up to the total market? Has the market grown as a total or is it entirely a shift from P to E?
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Overall total $503.5M. That would be... something around a quarter.
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I'd love to see what the spike in sales is going to be this month since the Harry Potter books have been released as ebooks.
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At least in the UK, the following article says that growth in ebooks does not equal growth in revenue for publishers, because of how many free and low-cost self-published books are out there.

http://www.teleread.com/ebooks/growt...-market-in-uk/
My heart bleeds for the poor publishers.
This is just so sad.

Wait.

No it isn't.

The publishers have kept good authors separated from an audience if they thought the market was too saturated for them to make money on the work for decades and I don't feel shit for the publishers now.

C'est La Vie.
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Without publishers I would not have read many books. Perhaps they do not publish every book that is submitted, but they do not keep good authors from the market. There are other publishers and a rejection slip is not a blacklist. There are other publishers.

Publishers are a business. They make their decisions based on the bottom line because they want to stay in business and perhaps unlike anyone else in the world make a profit. Keep their jobs even.

I may not agree with their decisions but I am pretty sure that none of them are based on a desire to keep good authors down or torment their customers. I know certain people are made extremely unhappy that the publishers do not do exaactly as they wish but I doubt very much that it is the intent of the publisher to make anyone unhappy.

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Old 03-30-2012, 06:10 PM   #12
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It's not surprising, with the decreasing cost of e-readers, e-books become a whole lot more appealing. The problem with the brick and mortar stores was that they were to big to adapt to changes. The market was dominiated by two bookstore chains, independent stores can be much more adaptable to the local market. It's like attempting to maneuver an oil tanker, it turns very slowly.
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I'd love to see what the spike in sales is going to be this month since the Harry Potter books have been released as ebooks.
Yeah, I imagine those would be some scary numbers.
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Old 03-31-2012, 07:13 AM   #14
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god, when will they do something about the pirates that are killing the industry!!!!??? the thieves are driving publishers into the poor house.
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Approx $129 Mil in e-book sales. How does that stand up to the total market? Has the market grown as a total or is it entirely a shift from P to E?
Depends on the market segment. In some segments, ebook growth is mostly cannibalization. In others, it is mostly new readers going straight to ebooks (YA, for example). And in yet others, ebooks have close to zero presence.

All in all, though, most of the BPHs are reporting declining print revenues and booming ebook revenue *overall*. Individual subsidiaries and national markets will vary.
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