Everyone’s Reporting on eBook Sales But Who Is Telling the Truth?

Everyone's Reporting on eBook Sales But Who Is Telling the Truth? by Frances CaballoI just got off the phone with a man trying to sell me insurance. He asked me what I did, and I told him I was a writer. “Fiction or nonfiction?” he asked. “Fiction.”

He said excitedly that he had just finished a couple of novels lately, and that he really enjoyed them — “The first books I’ve read in a few years,” he said. I asked him if he read them as paperbacks or eBooks, and his answer completely surprised me.

“Hard cover,” he said.

“Really?” I was astonished. I’m a writer, an instructor of creative writing, and I have a healthy budget for buying books. But I still almost never buy hard covers; I think their prices are far too high. The last hard cover book I got was a Christmas present.

“You plunk down $28 dollars for a hard cover?” I asked him.

Well, no, he admitted. He gets them second-hand from his father-in-law. He doesn’t generally buy books himself.

That made more sense to me.

Have eBook Sales Flattened, Or Is It Just Hype?

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