Readers are ditching eBooks for paperbacks
Physical books are far from dead, with recent research showing strong growth in paperback sales and declining eBook sales. Data from the UK Publishers Association reveals that despite the initial popularity of eReaders, people are ditching digital novels and reverting to physical books. According to the data, eBook sales continued to decline in 2016, while physical sales rose by 8% to their highest point since 2012.
The figures also showed a 17% drop in total consumer eBook sales.
When the Kindle launched in 2011, it sold out in five hours. eReaders sales have seen a decline since then, however, with research group Euromonitor International stating that eReader sales have dropped by 40% since 2011.
The data shows that readers worldwide prefer reading a physical book over an eReader or tablet.