Books to make a comeback? I fear these are merely death throes

Bookshots? Seriously?

I haven’t bought a book in years, I get all mine on Kindle.

I did go into a book shop the other day but was really just hanging around like a spare prick at a wedding while the missus got ideas to order on Amazon.

Book revenue is forecasted to rise over the next five years — and this increase will be kicked off when BookShots hits bookstores today, in what has been described as the greatest innovation in book publishing since the mass market paperback.

PricewaterhouseCoopers’s Global Entertainment and Media Outlook 2016-2020 estimates that total book revenue in New Zealand, consisting of consumer, educational and professional books revenue, will be $557M in 2020, up from $441M in 2015.   

BookShots aims to capture a large share of this increase, with a series of short, fast, high-impact stories.

The global roll-out is the brainchild of James Patterson, the world’s best-known and biggest writer of all time. Each book is around 150 pages and priced at just $7.99, and will also be available as an e-book.

Mr Patterson’s idea was to create a series of great stories in a shorter, compact format to interest people who have abandoned reading for television, video games, movies and social media.

From October 1, 2016 a 15 percent goods and sales tax will be applied to the sale of e-books from foreign retailers. This tax is expected to have a small impact on the number of e-books sold but not on the overall consumer spend.

PwC concludes that consumer books electronic revenue will rise from $39.59M in 2015 to $76M in 2020, as such methods of reading continue to see take-up.

These are really just the death throes. Digital will win eventually.

Books these days are just quaint.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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