If you love brick-and-mortar bookstores and the beauty of a bookshelf lined with favorite reads, then you’ll be happy to know that sales of print books (as opposed to e-books) have been on the rise. According to this article Writer’s Relief found in the Observer…
According to the American Booksellers Association (ABA), a non-profit trade organization for indie book shops, its membership grew for the ninth year in a row in 2018, with stores operating in more than 2,400 locations. Not only that, sales at independent bookstores are up approximately five percent over 2017.
Meanwhile, sales for e-books—the digital versions that we were told just a few years ago would change the publishing industry forever—are stagnant. E-book sales have slipped by 3.9 percent so far this year, according to data from the Association of American Publishers, while hardback and paperback book sales grew by 6.2 percent and 2.2 percent, respectively.
Read more about the latest print versus e-book publishing numbers here.