E-book sales surpassed paperback book sales for the first time ever in February. They are now the best-selling format in all categories of trade publishing in the U.S.
E-book sales were $90.3 million in February, according to an Association of American Publishers report. This marks a 202.3 increase increase in sales from the same time last year. The report attributes much of the rise to holiday gifts. The report is made up of data voluntarily submitted by publishers, not book retailers.
Paperback sales amounted to $81.2 million in February. Adult hardcover, mass market and paperback book sales combined were $156.8 million, down 34.4 percent from last year.
There is a variety of e-reader devices available, including Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes & Noble’s Nook and Apple’s iPad.
According to a news release from Amazon, the company sells 115 Kindle book for every 100 paperbacks.
Do you prefer to read books in print or on e-readers? Why?