E-Books have outsold hardcover and paperbacks in every reading category in the US. The sales were over 200% higher than just one year ago.
Is this a fluke? Doubt it. It's been discussed for a while but many that I've spoken to thought it wouldn't happen for a few years. However, keep in mind that e-readers ranked among the top gifts for last Christmas and e-book sales have been on the rise..
Not something big publishers are too fond of. Especially now that small publishers and self-publishers are taking the fight to the big dogs regarding prices. This leads to smaller margins. To make things worse, I'm hearing more and more about e-book libraries coming. Why is that worse? Libraries are more likely to buy extra copies of the same book, not just for demand but, let's face it, people are harder on things they don't own. Library books are more likely to get damaged and need replacing. That wouldn't be an issue with e-books. Best part for library patrons is, unless the library can only share a limited number, no waiting list.