Most of the time January is the slow months for retail and other stores, but not book hungry e-fiends. Publishers weekly is reporting that eBook Sales from around 16 reporting companies have said figures spiked to around 70 million dollars. Where as the print companies reporting said sales were rather lackluster and saw 39 million.
Obviously the rise in popularity in eBooks is directly allocated to the success of e-readers. e-Readers have gone from a fringe gadget only a few years ago to enjoying tremendous mainstream attention today. The price has also come down a fair bit, a few years ago the leading e-readers cost over $250.00, now they are floating around the $100 range. eBook cost is also fairly attractive. A new eBook costs only around $10, where the print version is normally $20 to $30.
via Publishers Weekly