Blogger: Rachel Kent
As a print book reader (who tried using a Kindle and didn’t like it) all of the talk about print books disappearing caused me pain! I love my books and my bookshelves and I’m not ready to see them disappear. I know there are many of you out there who feel the same way. There’s nothing to compare with holding a beautiful book in our hands.
I was encouraged to see, in the January 5 edition of Publishers Weekly, a report that print sales were up more than 2% in 2014 (based on numbers reported to BookScan)! This rings true with the royalty statements we have been seeing for many of our clients, too. Digital sales are growing, but print sales aren’t disappearing as so many people predicted ten years ago. (I do have to put a little disclaimer in here. Walmart has started reporting to BookScan this year and they aren’t sure what part of the 2.4% increase is due to that change.)
The most surprising increase in sales is board books–up a total of 17.4 percent from last year. I do believe there was a baby “boom” in 2012, so it could be that the publishing market is starting to benefit from the increase in births and the improvement of the economy. A better economy tends to lead to more births, as well. I think the majority of books I bought last year were board books. I bought a lot for myself, but I purchased SO MANY books for my daughter. So maybe this 17.4 percent increase isn’t so surprising after all. 🙂 I can’t take all of the credit, though. The difference in board book sales between 2013 and 2014 is an increase of 4,023,000 books!
The total number of reported print sales for 2014 was: 635,093,000 books! The difference between 2013 and 2014 is approximately 15.2 million copies. These numbers make me so happy and I hope they are an encouragement to you, too!
The print book is not dead! Via literary agent @RachelLKent Click to tweet.
Like print books and your lovely bookshelves? Good news for you! Via literary agent @RachelLKent Click to tweet.