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Ebook Sales Up 59% in 2007

Business Week reports that ebook sales are up 59% in 2007 as compared to sales in 2006. I suspect some of this is due to the increasing availability of mainstream books in “e” form. I believe that all major publishers put out their romance books in ebook form except Dorchester (although I have heard some positive rumblings about that in the future).

Via MobileRead.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Shiloh Walker
    Mar 21, 2008 @ 20:05:09

    Gee, ya still think there are people out there saying ebooks won’t last?


  2. Dana
    Mar 22, 2008 @ 01:38:30

    There’s a note on Amazon saying they sold out of Kindle, in 5 1/2 hours. Apparently it’s on backorder at the moment. (Although, I don’t know exactly how many was sold.) So yeah, ebooks do seem to be selling.

  3. Sandy (strlady)
    Mar 22, 2008 @ 07:02:14

    I also think that the ebook sales have increased due to the availability and variety of the new ebook readers. We always had ebook readers but the new slick models out there with various functionality does make ebook reading much more… pretty? convenient? techie?
    The bulkiness of the old models didn’t inspire anyone to purchase a reader and many people didn’t like reading on a PDA, so ebooks were not as convenient as say a paperback. Now with ebook readers sliming down and teching up more and more people are buying them, which leads to more ebook sales.

  4. Terry Odell
    Mar 22, 2008 @ 09:26:40

    Agreed – I wish readers were more affordable and formatting wars would end. But I have stocked my eBookwise with books. Right now, I’m going through J.A. Jance’s backlist of her J.P. Beaumont series and her Joanna Brady series. Saves me at least two shelves. And a bit cheaper, too. And green.

  5. Dana
    Mar 26, 2008 @ 17:33:47

    This isn’t an e-book sale, but I thought Neil Gaiman’s post about “American Gods” was interesting.

    It’s worth drawing people’s attention to the fact that the free online reading copy of American Gods is now in its last six days online (it ends 31 March 08). I learned this from an email from Harper Collins, which also told me the latest batch of statistics.

    For American Gods:

    68,000 unique visitors to the book pages of American Gods

    3,000,000 book pages viewed in aggregate

    And that the weekly book sales of American Gods have apparently gone up by 300%, rather than tumbling into the abyss. (Which is — the rise, not the tumble — what I thought would happen. Or at least, what I devoutly hoped would happen.)

    Link to Blog:

    Link to free e-book:

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