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Twitter & YouTube Promote Banned Books Week

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Today is the official start date of Banned Books Week 2013.

Celebrating the freedom to read, the American Library Association (ALA) brings attention to the censorship of books in schools and libraries. In support for free speech, readers from across the United States and around the world will demonstrate their support by participating in a Virtual Read-Out of banned and challenged books during Banned Books Week, Sept. 22 – 28.

The Virtual Read-Out is the focus of Banned Books Week, the event features individuals reading from their favorite banned or challenged books. Individuals, universities, libraries and bookstores upload videos to the Banned Books Week YouTube Channel. Contributors are encouraged to share a reading, discuss the significance of their favorite banned book, or mention a local book challenge.

Since the read out began in 2011, more than 1,500 videos have been submitted, including many high profile authors.  Sherman Alexie (“Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian”), Laurie Halse Anderson (“Speak”), and Khaled Hosseini (“The Kite Runner”) are among those contributing new videos.  Bookstores and libraries across the country are already participating in the Virtual Read-Out as well. Bookmans Bookstore (Ariz.) produced the video “Bookmans Does Banned Books”.

For the first time this year, Twitter will help promote the message of Banned Books Week.  A party will be held Wednesday, Sept. 25, from noon to 2 p.m., Eastern.  Supporters are urged to tweet using the hashtag #bannedbooksweek. More information about the Twitter parties is available on the featured events page.

For more information on Banned Books Week, please visit the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom’s Banned Books Website at www.ala.org/bbooks, or www.bannedbooksweek.org.



Print vs. Ebook

Tablet vs. Books - Photo by SMT Magazine

Tablet vs. Books – Photo by SMT Magazine

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) launched a statistics model, BookStats, to track shifts in how book content is produced and sold in the digital age. This data provides a comprehensive view of the U.S. book publishing industry measuring its annual net sales revenues and net units.

The 2012 edition includes data provided by 1977 publishers from all four industry sectors: Trade (fiction and non-fiction for adults and children), School / K-12, Higher Education and Professional/Scholarly Publishing.

Collectively, adult eBooks brought in $282.3 million. That’s a 28.4% increase from the same period a year ago. Young adult and children’s eBooks performed even better, jumping 233% to $64.3 million. Sales of adult hardcover books grew too, but modestly, up 2.7% to $229.6 million in 2012.

Infographic by A. Caraballo

Infographic by A. Caraballo

As a result, American publishers are now bringing in more revenue from eBooks than hardcover books.

What’s driving the growth? The increase of ereading devices, from tablets and smartphones to dedicated ereaders, has a lot to do with it.

However, a recent study by Pew Research Center shows an overwhelming 81% prefer a printed book when reading to a child and 69% prefer the traditional book when sharing with friends.



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