Physical Book Sales Back on the Rise – But Why?

Print Sales Going Up?According to Nielsen, book sales have risen again in 2015, after dropping in 2012. But the real question is why? Several articles published in the last week include charts showing that book sales have risen and include data that sales of eReader devices have dropped off, but I am left wondering if it has more to do with people having a bit more money than a renewed interest in the printed word. And as for eReader device sales dropping off–eventually they have to, right? Once a family of four has six or seven eReader devices, they really don’t need to upgrade to the latest and greatest eReader every year, do they? In my profession as an eBook formatter, I own no less than seven eReader devices, including three Kindle Fires. But which device do I prefer for reading? My old black-and-white Kindle that I bought a few years ago–it’s lightweight, easy on the eyes, and convenient. And until I manage to sit on it, I won’t be buying another one for my personal use. I tend to think there are others who must agree with me, and remain unimpressed by all the naysayers claiming the end of the digital word!

Am I right? That remains to be seen, but history tells us that new technology is infrequently completely abandoned once it gains a toehold–it just gets better.

Kindle Fire 7-inch for Sale for Only $49.99!

7-inch Kindle FireSomehow I must have missed the news… And in case you, my reader, did too, I’m sharing it!

Amazon is selling their 7-inch Kindle Fire for only $49.99 (and I’m betting it will be even less over Thanksgiving week). This price is astonishing… I don’t remember how much I paid for my first 7-inch Kindle, in an earlier generation than this one, but I think it was in the neighborhood of $200.

So now there are no excuses, all you authors-without-eReaders! Pick up a Kindle today and see your book the way it is supposed to look! 😉 At this price point, you won’t regret it.

Oyster eBook Subscription Service to Close

Oyster eating a Kobo eReaderOyster, an eBook subscription service that allowed subscribers access to unlimited books for a low monthly fee, is set to close in the near future due to resistance from publishers, who figure it’s a money-losing proposition for them. They face additional competition from industry-giant Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program. Read more at ft.com.

Declining eBook Sales Due to Lack of Interest or Higher Prices?

Citing the Wall Street Journal (which is behind a paywall), Jillian D’Onfro of Business Insider Australia points out that the declining eBook sales reported by big publishers are probably due to their high prices following their battle with Amazon, rather than a lack of interest on the part of eBook consumers, who expect lower prices. I have to agree with her—I think a lot longer before buying an eBook priced above seven dollars than I do before buying a $2.99 book, and that’s despite my being in the industry! I’d buy ten $2.99 eBooks without thinking twice about it, but a single $12.99 book gives me pause.