Interesting snippet in the latest issue of The Author magazine, saying that the growth of ebook sales in the UK was slower in the first half of 2013, and the decline of printed books was not quite so precipitous, although it still fell by 4.5% in value, 4.2% in volume. It didn’t give figures for ebooks. The article is not available online, so no link I’m afraid. The piece added:
[quote]There are signs that the ebook market may be slowing, and Nielsen BookScan has warned that it will be a challenge to maintain the strength of sales seen in the last couple of years in part generated by the enthusiasm of book buyers purchasing their first e-reader and loading it with content. More encouragingly, there are signs that the decline of the printed book market is slowing as the ebook market growth decelerates. If nothing else, perhaps the balance between the print and ebook markets is at last starting to stabilise.[/quote]
As a print-lover, this gives me some encouragement – although “slower decline” is still a decline.
On a personal note, I’ve had a Kindle for a couple of years now, but still prefer real books. Because I am living abroad, and am not settled in a single place, I am almost exclusively buying ebooks at the moment. But when I’m settled in one place, I think I’ll go back to buying almost exclusively print books, only using the Kindle for an occasional 99p punt on an author I’m not sure about.
How about you? What percentage of the books you buy are ebooks vs printed books?