Has the e-book bubble burst?

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“Half a decade into the e-book revolution …,” Nicholas Carr writes, “the prognosis for traditional books is suddenly looking brighter. Hardcover books are displaying surprising resiliency. The growth in e-book sales is slowing markedly. And purchases of e-readers are actually shrinking, as consumers opt instead for multipurpose tablets. It may be that e-books, rather than replacing printed books, will ultimately serve a role more like that of audio books—a complement to traditional reading, not a substitute.”

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  • Smart_Rhino

    We’re certainly not seeing this in our sales. Smart Rhino Publications books are selling 10-to-1 e-book over print.

  • Doug Turner

    Ugh.

    "…purchases of e-readers are actually shrinking, as consumers opt instead for multipurpose tablets…"

    …which are being used to read e-books on.

  • Wyofriend

    While on vacation over the holidays – I kept an eye out to see who was reading books and who was reading e versions. Amazing …. most all folks were using the old fashioned print version pre-teens, teens, young adults, everyone.; at the airports, at the pool, many different places. Print is not lost!