eBooks and Print
The recent increase in sales of eBooks might now signal the true arrival of the eBook into our lives. The eBook has been around for some time now but it has had its problems. For one there was not a format the eBook could call its own. Furthermore, there wasn’t the emergence of eBook readers, as we know them to day. Things have changed though in recent years. There still isn’t one standard for the eBook – though some would argue electronic publication (ePUB) is the standard for electronic publications – however, there are several standards still out there competing for your attention.

Perhaps the most significant progress made on behalf of the eBook is the eReader. Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook come to mind as well as a host of others. In addition, the emergence of Apple’s iPad, shows the tablet PC is bound to make an impact on furthering sales of eBooks. All these factors have conspired in the sales of the eBook. I am sure you can think several factors I failed to mention. I remind you though that that is not what we want to talk about.

According to the Association of American Publishers (AAP), there has been a huge migration from print to digital books. Some of the figures they have put out show that non-academic eBooks sold some $263 million worth of eBooks compared with $90 million last year. However, hardback books fell some 25% year on year.

To read more see the embedded report (AAP Reports Publisher Book Sales) below:
Contribution by Olusegun Oyekanmi; you can follow him on Twitter here: @oluoyekanmi.
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