As I have been saying over and over here, paper books and bookstores are not going away. Period. And indie publishers need to get their books into print as well as electronic. And get those paper books into stores.
So today, for those of you who do not believe me, there is hardcore data and evidence from the release of the Bowker book totals. (You know, the ISBN people.) However, for a conclusion from digging down into the mass of data released, a very short post on Cain’s New York Business written by Matthew Flann puts it clearly.
“The romance with the printed word shows no signs of abating. Despite the rapid growth in e-book sales in recent years, print book output in 2011 grew by 6%, to 347,178 titles, compared to the prior year.
The preliminary numbers released Tuesday by bibliographic database Bowker are “the most significant expansion in more than four years” in the traditional publishing sector, the company said in its annual report on U.S. print book publishing. The uptick was driven entirely by self-published titles. Without them, the number of print titles would have been flat.
“Much as e-books have been the sexier topic over the past few years, most people still read print books,” noted Michael Norris, a senior analyst with publishing research firm Simba Information.”
Holy, smokes, 6%!! That’s some amazing growth.
You get the full summary article from Cain at http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20120605/MEDIA_ENTERTAINMENT/120609932
It’s short and clear to read. Now start thinking about getting your books into print, folks.