When Nielsen BookScan reported that 571 million print books had been published in 2015 it flew in the face of a string of claims that print books were dead. In fact, the 2015 figure was a 17 million book increase from the previous year. WNYC radio, a New York City NPR station, explored the reasons for the renaissance in print books in a recent episode of its weekly show On the Media.
Co-host Brooke Gladstone began by noting that e-book sales which had been predicted to reach a 60% market share have leveled off at 25%. She asserted that we might be, “reacting to our digital lives by embracing the analog.”
Los Angeles Times Book Editor Carolyn Kellogg noted three other developments in the book marketplace:
Kellogg’s conclusion is that print “publishing is not dead yet.”
If you would like to listen to the segment click this link to Why the Publishing Industry Isn’t in Peril.