Tren Griffin+ Your Authors @trengriffin I work for Microsoft. Previously I was a partner at Eagle River, a private equity firm established by Craig McCaw. I am on the board of directors of Kymeta. Dec. 29, 2019 1 min read + Your Authors

"65% of Americans have read a print book in the past year, while 25% have read an ebook and 20% have listened to an audiobook."  https://news.google.com/articles/CAIiEH7lwlKbonZjt10QhlnR-ucqFggEKg4IACoGCAowgKU8MISNBzDp1A0?hl=en-US&gl=US&ceid=US%3Aen 

"Americans read an average (mean) of 12 books per year, while the typical (median) American has read four books in the past 12 months."  https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/09/25/one-in-five-americans-now-listen-to-audiobooks/ 

"About a quarter of Americans haven’t read a book in any format in the past year."

"On Amazon as I’m writing this, a copy of Sally Rooney’s Normal People costs $12.99 as an ebook, but only $11.48 as a hardcover."  https://www.vox.com/culture/2019/12/23/20991659/ebook-amazon-kindle-ereader-department-of-justice-publishing-lawsuit-apple-ipad 

"A trade group for independent booksellers had 1,887 members as of May 15, up nearly 35% from 1,401 in 2009. The number of members’ stores totaled 2,524 in May, up more than half from 1,651. Book sales rose 5% in 2018 from 2017"  https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.sfchronicle.com/business/amp/Indie-booksellers-persevere-despite-Amazon-14930715.php 

"Unit sales of print books fell 1.9% in the first half of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Units dropped to 310.7 million, down from 316.7 million a year ago."  https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/financial-reporting/article/80698-print-units-fell-1-9-in-the-first-half-of-2019.html 

"sales of the 100 bestselling print books rose nearly 30% over a period of about two years, while books that ranked between 101 and 10,000 saw their total print unit sales fall 16%. Books that ranked below 10,000 remained flat in the period."  https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/81637-is-publishing-too-top-heavy.html 

"There used to be a lot more books that could sell 40,000–50,000 copies. Now more sell fewer than 10,000 copies.” It seems, he said, that “it’s either feast or famine.”

"Now you really have super-bestsellers and bestsellers, and everything else.”

"The decade’s top-selling books were all novels and all were eventually turned into high-profile films, helping to boost sales even further."  https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/these-were-the-most-popular-books-of-the-decade.html/ 


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