eBook Sales Top Everything.

This is how fast things are changing in publishing.

My book Publishing and Marketing Realities of the Emerging Author has only been at the editor’s a week, and already it needs to be updated. Even between drafts, I would have to update information and figures.

Last July, Jeff Bezos announced that eBooks sales had outsold hardbacks, and he predicted that they would outsell paperbacks in the next 9 to 12 months.

Well, guess what? Exactly nine months later, they have.

The publishing tide is shifting fast: E-book sales in February topped all other formats, including paperbacks and hardcovers, according to an industry report released this week.

E-book sales totaled $90.3 million in February, up 202% compared to the same month a year earlier, according to a study from the Association of American Publishers. That put e-books at No. 1 “among all categories of trade publishing” that month — the first time e-books have beaten out traditional publishing formats.

Read the entire article here: E-book sales top paperbacks first time


What do you think about these figures?

Do you think this trend will continue, or is it just a fad?

10 Comments Add yours

  1. CL Stegall says:

    Honestly, this does not surprise me at all. Now, if I can just get a tiny little piece of that action! 😉

    1. christinerose says:

      INORITE?! Me, too.

  2. I think it will continue – every kind of mobile phone has a reading app for it. Millions of those around the world. People LOVE their ebook readers. Not like – LOVE.
    I love reading War and Peace on something that doesn’t weigh what the book does and has a print enlarger for when I’m tired.
    I think the ebook revolution is here to stay, ebook readers are proliferating and improving in design and I’m sure colour e-ink is not far away too.
    And YES – a small piece of this action for all indie authors – that would be great!

  3. dmlbooks says:

    The future is now 🙂

    Whatever happens, I’ll still print off at least ONE of each of my books from Lulu for my own bookcase…

    1. christinerose says:

      Consider doing that through CreateSpace. It’s generally cheaper, the quality is better, and then they’re available on Amazon, too.

  4. Reading is addictive. I’ve always been a reader but I’m definitely reading more now, purchasing more now, and many of them are self published books. I think the trend will only continue!

    1. christinerose says:


  5. I think eBooks are the modern paperback and their sales will only continue. I think it will be interesting to see how the technology behind them evolves and changes, especially with the ability to update eBooks and get newer updated versions. I’ve read a lot of rumors lately that Amazon is going to try to start selling used eBooks. I honestly thought that was an Onion article at first, but it seems they have the patent and it is something they might pursue. I wonder how that will change the publishing landscape in the future.

    1. christinerose says:

      I’m fascinated by how things have changed in theist few years. It’s an exciting time!

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