I recently saw some rather shocking publishing statistics — growth in the e-book world has truly skyrocketed. According to the Association of American Publishers, in the month of June, e-books sales jumped 118.9%.
If we look at all of 2010, we see an enormous 204% growth in e-book sales.
Holy digital publishing, Batman! No wonder Amazon has sold more Kindle editions than hardcovers. Readers (myself included) are switching to the more accessible world of e-books, and the numbers suggest that there’s no turning back.
Meanwhile, sales of YA hardcovers grew by 19.6% in June. Yay! More people reading YA! Oh, but hold the phone… Looks like YA hardcovers have actually dropped 16.7% for 2010, and YA paperbacks have fallen 5%. Oh, poo.
Too bad AAP doesn’t list how those e-book sales break down. How many of those were YA? How many of those sales were pre-ordered copies of Mockingjay? (At least one sale from me!)
So tell me, who has an e-reader? I do, I do! I have a love affair with my Kindle. (I know, I know. Please don’t barrage me with your anti-Amazon sentiments.) My dad, brother, and sister all have Kindles too… And fabulous-crit-partner-Holly has a Nook she adores. We’re all bibliophiles, and we’ve all transitioned smoothly into e-books. Don’t get me wrong — I love hardcovers and paperbacks — but my shelves are full and I can’t afford German book prices.
Are you pro e-books are anti? What about YA novels — are you one of the many people avidly consuming them?
P.S. Is there a dash in “e-book”, or is the word sans dash with a space a là “e book”, or is it without a dash and without a space like “ebook”?