More than half of American adults read books for pleasure in 2012 – More people are reading for pleasuring but less people are reading “literature” as defined by the NEA. The only play I’ve ever read was Anne of Green Gables. For some reason we had it in screenplay form around the house. Why is that?
Adults who read novels, poetry, short fiction and plays have dropped in every age group since 2008. The biggest ground was lost among readers in middle age; 35- to 44-year-olds dropped by nearly 6%; and both 45- to 54-year-olds and 55- to 63-year-olds by 5%. latimes.com
Smashwords is Now Beta-Testing Kindle and Dropbox Integration – If you shop at Smashwords, you can get PDF, ePub, and Mobi sent to your Dropbox account or a Mobi sent directly to your Kindle per beta tester Nathan from The Digital Reader. One hopes that Smashwords will allow authors to upload their own versions of those books instead of requiring authors to use its “meatgrinder” (yes, that is its actual name). The Digital Reader
Adult Fiction Sales: How Much Was Print in 2012? – According to the BISG stats, 2012 trade adult fiction brought in $4.8 billion and 62% of that was from print sales and 38% of that was from ebook sales. On a unit basis (versus a revenue one) the breakdown was 60% print and 40% ebook. The other tidbit that was shared is that ebooks are bringing in new readers. Importantly, this information completely excludes self published books which we know were huge in 2012. BLOG.PUBLERATI.COM
SCRIBD LAUNCHES FIRST GLOBAL, MULTI-PLATFORM DIGITAL BOOK SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE – Move over Oyster, there’s a bigger subscription service in town. Scribd has launched a global, multi-platform subscription service for $8.99 a month and offering “the majority of the HarperCollins US andHarperCollins Christian backlist catalog” and titles from “E-Reads, Kensington, Red Wheel/Weiser, RosettaBooks, Sourcebooks, and Workman.” Not every book is available to every person. Unfortunately, international rights are still observe and so there are books that you can see in the subscription service that you cannot access. Gah. Scribd