E-Book Sales Slip, and Print Recovers

According to an article in the New York Times this week, the prediction that e-books would overtake print within a few years shows no sign of coming true. “There are signs that some e-book adopters are returning to print, or becoming hybrid readers, who juggle devices and paper. E-book sales fell by 10 percent in the first five months of this year, according to the Association of American Publishers. Digital books accounted last year for around 20 percent of the market, roughly the same as they did a few years ago.”

This is good news for booksellers. “Independent bookstores, which were battered by the recession and competition from Amazon, are showing strong signs of resurgence. The American Booksellers Association counted 1,712 member stores in 2,227 locations in 2015, up from 1,410 in 1,660 locations five years ago.”