Physical Books Still Outsell E-Books in 2014

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Despite the rise in e-book sales as a format, physical hardback and paperback books are still hanging in there through the first half of 2014, according to a new report from Nielsen Books & Consumer, as reported by Publishers Weekly. In total, e-book sales accounted for 23 percent of unit sales in the first six months of 2014. Both paperbacks and hardcovers sold more, with 42 percent and 25 percent of the total, respectively.

In the e-book market, adult and young adult fiction led the way with a 30 percent share of unit sales, making them the most popular book type for e-book readers, powered by the success of series such as The Hunger Games and Divergent. In nonfiction titles, e-books account for only 22 percent of unit sales. Children’s books represent the smallest e-book market, with only 13 percent of unit sales.

In terms of the ways books are sold, E-tailers continue to reign supreme. Led by Amazon, they accounted for 39 percent of unit sales. Bookstore chains were the next largest supplier, with a 21 percent share.

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