Paperback fighter: sales of physical books now outperform digital titles
It can be cheaper to buy the physical copy of a book than a digital download thanks to changes in Amazon’s deal with publishers
At the start of this decade publishers feared the death of the paperback. Britons abandoned bookshops at an alarming rate, seduced by e-readers and cheap digital books.
Even Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder, was shocked by the speed of readers’ defection when Kindle downloads outsold hard copies on the website for the first time in 2011. “We had high hopes this would happen eventually, but we never imagined it would happen this quickly,” he said at the time.