Used-book Sales Top $2.2 Billion
Sales of used books in the United States topped $2.2 billion in 2004, representing more than 111 million copies sold and 8.4 percent of total consumer spending on books.
Source: Book Industry Study Group
E-book Unit Sales Flat
E-book publishers reported a 23-percent increase in e-book revenues in 2005, over 2004. However, there was no change in the number of e-book units sold. The number of e-book titles published increased 20 percent over 2004, to 5,242.
Publishers reported approximately 1.7 million e-book units sold and $11.9 million in revenues for 2005.
The figures are based on 18 publishers’ responses.
Source: International Digital Publishing Forum, www.IDPF.org
‘Da Vinci Code’ Paperback Flies Off Shelves
Sales of Dan Brown’s historical thriller the “Da Vinci Code” topped half a million in week No. 1 of the paperback’s release—the highest in memory for a paperback, said the publicity director for Anchor and Vintage Books—Random House’s paperback imprints.
Source: Associated Press