When all is said - though far from done - I do not mind the form of the book being sold, just that books are selling. Some decry the success of Hunger Games and Fifty Shades of Grey and (even) Harry Potter because of the level of the writing. I say, pray to whichever God you happen to believe is and say "thanks". And if these books become movies, then slip a little bit more into the collection plate, because these visual stimulations loop back to more book sales.
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Scholastic has over 50 million digital and print copies of the books in The Hunger Games trilogy in print.
The publisher broke down those figures for the individual books in Suzanne Collins‘ series as well: 23 million copies of The Hunger Games; 14 million copies of Catching Fire and 13 million copies ofMockingjay. These big sales drove significant increases in revenue last year.
Digital books are now “the dominant single format” in the adult fiction category, according to a new BookStats joint report from the Association of American Publishers and the Book Industry Study Group. eBooks exploded in the adult fiction category last year, accounting for 30 percent of net publisher sales in 2011–up from 13 percent the year before.
At the same time, net sales revenue from eBooks increased from from $869 million in 2010 to $2.074 billion in 2011. That’s 15 percent of net revenues for publishers. AppNewser has more about how these numbers have affected the total US book market.