They were not the figures that anyone was expecting, but the fall in the readership of ebooks first noticed two years ago has continued. Meanwhile sales of paper books are growing.
And better still, this growth in paper book sales is not being driven by the older generation holding onto the way things used to be. Rather it is the youngsters who are feeding a growth in the purchase of books in print.
Overall last year sales of physical books in bookshops (the best measure we have of the readership of paperbacks and hardbacks) went up by 7% while ebook sales went down by 4% for the second year running.
Which in turn means that any previous notion we had of student resistance to physical books is most certainly now in retreat.
And what we can add is that classics, such as Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and A Christmas Carol, are still being read in huge numbers. And with brand new editions of works such as these now being available at just £1.87 each after discount with free delivery, the ebook’s appeal has declined.
To help ensure the continued dominance of the paper book we have over 400 titles in print, including over 230 works of classic literature. Each volume contains the full text, and with the classics there is also a set of exclusive introductions and notes.
Additionally not only do we have individual titles at £1.87 but we also have the World Literature and Poetry series at just £3.99 before discount, and our complete works series for just £7.99 each.
If you would like to see a list of around 50 of the most frequently used set texts which are available direct to schools at the special price of £1.87 that is available here.
To see the full list of our titles in print along with a ready to use order form, should you need it, we have a page with those details as well. Plus there is currently a 25% discount on all the prices shown.
But even that is not all, for we also have an offer of a free book. Just in case the notion of books at £1.87 each with free delivery seems just too good to be true, we’d like to assure you of the quality of our publications.
So, if you would like a free sample of one of our classics, just email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and the school address, and we’ll put it in the post to you, with our compliments.
We look forward to hearing from you.