Latest Numbers: E-Books up, Paperbacks Down

Children’s e-book sales are up 252% in the first half of 2012 versus the same period last year – a surge thought to be fueled by the stupendous success of The Hunger Games – according to the latest numbers from the Association of American Publishers.

At the same time, overall e-book growth has slowed. The trade as a whole is up about 34% in the first half versus the same period last year – still fantastic growth, but a far cry from the triple-digit growth days of 2011 and 2010.

Meanwhile, paperback sales are sagging: down 20% in the first half. This makes sense as many paperback readers are thought to have transitioned to e-books.

Read more about the latest numbers from the AAP here.

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The rest of the day’s top news:

Apple E-Book Buyers Get Notice for Price-Fixing Settlement Credits (DBW)
Just a few days after Amazon sent out its own notices to e-book buyers that they are eligible for a small credit from a $69 million settlement between publishers and 49 U.S. states, Apple has done the same.

HarperCollins Continues Thomas Nelson-Zondervan Integration (DBW)
After naming a new CEO and executive team, newly forged HarperCollins Christian Publishing has merged its fiction units into one organization.

The Road to Discoverability (Futurebook)
It starts with metadata, search engine optimization and a little bit of being in the right place at the right time. It’s also a lot harder than it used to be: In 1990, there were 900,000 ISBNs out there; today there are 32 million and counting.

Never-Ending Metadata (Magellan Media)
Here’s good news for people who like minutia: Metadata for books is a never-ending process. For companies that embrace this concept, it will become a competitive weapon.

Move Over E-Book, Enter the V-Book (DBW)
Best-selling children’s author Hans Wilhelm has published a new “v-book” where every chapter is a short video instead of text.

Bookshout! A Very Bad Idea? (Futurebook)
According to Baldur Bjarnason, an e-book industry observer, Bookshout!, the new start-up that allows users to organize their e-book libraries across platforms and share titles, is a very bad idea. Joe Wikert of Tools of Change apparently thinks it’s a very good idea. The battle plays out in the comments section.

Pearson Flexes Its Copyright Muscles (techdirt)
Major educational publisher Pearson (parent to Penguin) is reportedly responsible for the take-down of 1.5 million teacher and student blogs because platform Edublogs was hosting a page posted in 2007 with a 279-word copyrighted list published in 1974. An interesting and instructive tale.

Nook’s Europe Invasion (Pub Perspectives)
At the Frankfurt Book Fair in a hard-to-find space sandwiched between the Chinese booth and the French booth was the Nook booth. The company’s message to the European book community? We come in peace.

France’s E-Book Problem (Pub Perspectives)
Why have e-books been so slow to take off in France? Regulated higher prices might have something to do with it. Also, France got the Kindle less than a year ago. Relaunches (DBW)
The book publishing start-up that crowd-sources payments to rights-holders to publish a $0, digital-rights-management-free e-book version of their work just got a new lease on life. Two months after Amazon refused to service its payments, the site is back up with a new payment service provider.

What’s Your Favorite Book? (Book Riot)
If you have five minutes today and can possibly pick three favorites, answer this Book Riot survey.

Paperbacks in the garbage image via Shutterstock


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