Readers committed to physical books can give a sigh of relief, as new figures reveal that ebook sales are falling while sales of paper books are growing – and the shift is being driven by younger generations.
More than 360m books were sold in 2016 – a 2% jump in a year that saw UK consumers spend an extra 6%, or £100m, on books in print and ebook formats, according to findings by the industry research group Nielsen in its annual books and consumer survey. The data also revealed good news for bricks-and-mortar bookshops, with a 4% rise in purchases across the UK.
While sales through….
Source: Ebook sales continue to fall as younger generations drive appetite for print | Books | The Guardian
The German cabinet has agreed to extend to electronic books a law that fixes book prices to protect bricks-and-mortar stores from being driven out of business and ensure the availability of a wide range of publications.
In addition, the law will be applied to cross-border book sales to buyers in Germany, regardless of where the seller is based, Culture Minister Monika Gruetters said in a statement on Wednesday.
The law on the pricing of German language books, under which publishers must determine a price for every title they sell, traces its roots to…
Source: German cabinet agrees to extend fixed prices to e-books | Reuters
JZ Comment: What do readers think? Is this a tactic that might have saved the ill-fated Borders chain from going down in the US and UK? The ideal of price-fixing, of course, goes against the free-market that exists in the US and UK, but would this have a difference to bookstores do you think?