So dead tree books aren’t dead yet?


Here’s a bit of a surprise, especially to the book sellers

The number of books sold over Christmas rose by 10 percent, and sales for the year were up by eight percent.

The chief executive of the Booksellers Association, Lincoln Gould, said there had been a significant turnaround, with the trend for book sales climbing.

“Booksellers have not seen figures like this for a few years, and they come despite doomsayers telling tales of e-book and off-shore online sales heralding the death of the bookshop,” he said.

He said more shops were getting onboard with online selling, and for many this had become a significant part of their revenue.

But Mr Gould said there were still problems for the book industry.

“New Zealand booksellers remain competitively cramped in competing with off-shore online retailers who do not collect GST on sales,” he said.

Booksellers in Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom are all reporting record Christmas sales and a rise in overall book sales last year.

I can assure you that I’ve not been responsible for any “real” book sales for some time now, and I suspect you’ll find a definite older/younger generation split between those that buy and want “real” books and those that are happy with an electronic version.

For one, the electronic version is frequently cheaper, can come to you within a minute or two, and doesn’t take up any extra room in your… anywhere.

Of course, they make for very lame gifts….

Are you still filling your shelves with blocks of printer paper?   Why?



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