A new report from Nielsen Bookscan indicates, while e-book sales are on the rise, the decline in print sales has actually slowed down, a sign that mainstream readers may not be finished with the print book format just yet. According to Nielsen Bookscan data analyzed by Publishers Weekly, sales of print books in 2012 declined by nine percent, approximately the same rate at which print sales declined in the previous two years.
- The Paperback category experienced a 20 percent drop in sales from 2011 to 2012.
- Readers using an e-book or tablet to read a book increased from 18 percent in 2011 to 33 percent in 2012
Half of the top 20 bestselling books of 2012 in print were either Fifty Shades titles or Hunger Games titles, and only one book not written by E.L. James or Suzanne Collins—Jeff Kinney’s latest Wimpy Kid title—cracked the one-million-copies-sold mark for the year, according to Nielsen BookScan, which tracks 75%-80% of prints sales. Scanning this list, I would say sex and crime sell best!
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