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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.



Google Deal Reaches Halfway Point: Publishers Settle

Copyright Definition

Photo by Ali Caraballo

In 2004, Google reached an agreement with several libraries to digitize their collections. Google users would then have access to search this digital database and view excerpts of each work through the Google Library Project (GLP) initiative. If the viewer wished to see the entire selected work, they could purchase it for a fee.

At this time, Google had digitized over seven million books, including works protected by copyright in the United States. The lawsuit (initially filed as a partnership between the Author’s Guild and five major book publishers in 2005) claimed Google violated copyright law of authors, publishers and other US copyright owners by digitizing these works without the copyright owners’ permission.

Official Seal of the US Copyright office

Official Seal of the US Copyright office

After seven years of litigation, Google and the original five publishers named in the suit announced they have reached a settlement. The agreement gives the publishers the option to allow Google to digitize their out-of-print books that are still under copyright protection. If Google is permitted to do so, it will also provide the publisher(s) with a digital copy for their own use, which they may use to sell on their website.

It is the latest indication for defining copyright in the age of the Internet. Seven years ago digital books were a new and frightening prospect, now they have become commonplace. The resolution gives publishers the benefit of having Google do the legwork of digitizing out-of-print books they would not have otherwise turned into e-books. Simultaneously, Google can now expand the library of e-books it sells to its consumers in an effort to compete with e-book rival Amazon.com.

Senior Product Manager of F5 Networks, Andrew Oehler had this to say, “Protecting one’s rights to creative copy is important.” “While an author should have a right to make money on the intellectual property he produces, he should not be constrained by the status quo on how, where and when he can reach his audience.”

However, the settlement did not resolve the issue at the heart of the litigation — Google’s infringement of copyright by digitizing books. The settlement allows publishers the right to keep their front and backlist titles out of Google’s reach.  The Author’s Guild has not reached an agreement at this time and chose to continue its lawsuit against Google.

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