21 December 2011: E-books– they’re for real, folks

Posted: December 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

Ran across this interesting piece today from FutureBook.net, a “digital blog from Europe.” Full disclosure: the blog is associated with with a book seller. The post recapped the year that was 2011 with some interesting stats about digital publishing. You can read the whole piece here (right before you go over to Amazon to buy your Kindle copy of A Simple Murder), but here are the highlights:

  • Ebook sales in  the United States accounted for 23.5 percent of all trade book sales in January.
  • In February, Barnes & Noble announced selling twice as many e-books as paper books.
  • The first digital publishing awards took place in London in March, followed shortly after by the launch of the Apple iPad2.
  • By May, Amazon announced selling more Kindle books than paperbacks and hard covers combined. Also in May, Barnes & Noble launched the Nook Touch (to compete with Amazon’s Kindle). Random’s sales of e-books hit 2 million the same month.
  • In June, Penguin announced digital sales made up 14 percent of its overall business, and Google launched its first e-reader.
  • In August, Barnes & Noble (boldly) predicted more than  $1 billion in sales from Nook business. Also, Amazon launched HTML5 reader web app to bypass Apple’s restrictions on its platforms.
  • In September, Google’s ebookstore launched in Australia, and Amazon launched the Tablet Fire and three new Kindle models.
  • In October, the Wall Street Journal published its first ebook bestseller list.
  • In November, Google ebooks launched in Canada; Amazon launched its Kindle lending library in the United States — Penguin halted library e-lending.

So, hurry up already. And when you get your spanking new e-reader, get a copy of A Simple Murder here.


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