Print VS E-books

This infographic put together with information collected by shows insight into the American e-book market. Although some of the percentages might seem small they do show a clear increase and proof that the e-market is growing.

Printed books are still the top choice for readers but those who read using an electronic device are reportedly spending more time reading. It also takes a look at which devices readers are using most.

Do you read e-books? Which device do you have? Is your book available in print, e-format or both?


  1. My zombie novel: Julie Rayzor, Romance Adventure, Zombies will be on kindle and trade paper on August 1st. I have kindle and ibooks for an iphone but I don't buy many books. I still buy a lot of used books and I love the feel of the paper and the aroma or smell of old paper. I'm not opposed to ebooks though, I just don't want to spend $100plus for one.
    I wouldn't be surprised if you see audiobooks on youtube now or very soon. I've even made a video trailer for my zombie novel and it's on youtube. Julie Rayzor:

    1. Firstly, congrats on your book coming out Richard. Zombies seem to be big news this year so I'm sure you'll do well.

      I love finding a gem at a used book market. I once found a few novels by Dean Koontz at just 10p each and felt like I'd won the lottery (he's one of my favourite writers).

      I've recorded a video reading of my children's book 'Out and About at the Zoo' and uploaded it to YouTube ( I've seen other authors post readings from their books too so the start of audio books on YouTube has already begun to a certain extent. I can definitely see this trend taking off even more in the future.

  2. I have a Kindle (won it so didn't cost me anything) and most of the books I put on there are the freebie offerings from Ereader News Today or the 99 cent books when I find a book I really like. I refuse to pay over $4 or so for an ebook secondary to the lack of overhead to publish and ebook (don't believe the big publishers that there is a messload of overhead to design an ebook). I haven't read as many paperbacks since winning the kindle last year but my middle grade/YA paranormal mystery, FINALLY HOME, is available in both print and ebook and is available for all ereaders through smashwords (and is half price for the month of July - only $1.50) as well as directly on Nook and Kindle. I've read more on my Kindle in a year and almost half than I normally would have if still reading paperbacks - E :)

    Elysabeth Eldering
    Author of FINALLY HOME, a middle grade/YA paranormal mystery (written similar to a Nancy Drew mystery)

    1. I think it makes sense that an author makes sure their books are available in all formats as readers tastes vary and an increasing number are using electronic devices these days.

      I have an ipad but I still prefer to read print especially for novels.

      As far as price goes, a lot of e-books are offered at low prices, like the 99 cents books you mention, and this can have a positive effect on their sales as it makes them available to a larger range of budgets. I have mixed feelings about e-book prices though as the same amount of work has gone into writing and editing the book as it would have been for a print book and so I think that the author should be compensated accordingly with the same royalty per sale.

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