As one of America’s most well-read cities and the birthplace of an out-of-business big-box bookstore, Ann Arbor has a special connection to book world.
The opening of a new independent bookseller downtown coincided with news from the Publisher’s Association that book sales rose 4 percent in 2012, according to a report from Time.
A customer browses books in the newly opened Literati Bookstore on Monday, April 1.
Daniel Brenner | AnnArbor.com
While the growth primarily came from digital book sales, fiction books showed a 3 percent increase in physical distribution and more in-hand children’s books were sold than in 2011. According to the Time article, much of that growth can be attributed to the fact that children’s books often come in irregular shapes and sizes and are more durable than e-readers or tablets.
According to the story, the biggest winners were e-book and digital fiction sales, both up more than 130 percent. Some in Ann Arbor might disagree with the supposed “biggest loser,” brick-and-mortar bookstores, targeted because more and more sales of digital and physical books are happening online.
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