E-books’ Effects on Print Book Sales, Part 1

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April 2012
by IBPA Roundtable

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This periodical has been covering e-books for at least 11 years and 10 months. I’m sure about that because the June 2000 issue surfaced when I was reorganizing files the other day, and that issue includes an article by Pat Bell about “one of the past decade’s most exciting developments” for writers and independent publishers—“the electronic or e-book.”

Otherwise, it’s not easy to be sure of anything about e-books.

For instance, we’ve heard a lot about skyrocketing e-book sales and a lot of predictions for continued growth, but lately we’ve also heard that sales are leveling off, even at the big companies whose data dominate the available statistics; and we’ve heard that more than half the consumers polled for a recent study said they are “not at all likely” to buy an e-reader in the coming year, a number that’s on the rise….IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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