Print Book Sales Are Up, but Don't Start Celebrating Just Yet
Cheers could be heard coming from the “print isn’t dead” section of the book-publishing industry on Monday, thanks to some numbers from Nielsen that showed sales of printed books rose this year by about 2%. In the book business, that qualifies as a blockbuster year. But if you look beneath the numbers, it becomes less obvious that this is cause for celebration.
The numbers are as follows: Nielsen BookScan, which has data on about 85% of the print market, says 571 million paper books were sold in the U.S. this year, compared with 559 million in 2014.