Book sales plummet as eBook power grows
Britain’s high streets are shrinking rapidly and it looks as though the humble book shop could be next to disappear, if some stats released by boffins today are to be believed. Get this – Britons bought 7.6 million novels over the first eight weeks of 2012, which sounds impressive, but it’s almost 2.5 million fewer than over the same period in 2011.
Throw in non-fiction and children’s books and the total sales figures over that eight-week period are 25 million, but that itself is down by 4.7 million from the previous year. The ‘tough economic climate’ and the rise and rise of eBooks are clearly to blame.
Then throw in the additional fact that almost 1.4 million e-readers were sold in the UK over Christmas, and it’s not hard to see where the missing physical book sales are all going. (eBook sales rose by 623% between January and June last year).
Are we REALLY going to see a drastic drop in the numbers of book shops across the country? Will future generations SCOFF when we tell them about the joys of sitting cross-legged in a book shop, sniffing the pages of a novel while fighting off the unwelcome attentions of security guards? They won’t get it will they?