E-Book Sales Down
At the Digital Book World conference in New York City in mid-January, Jonathan Stolper, senior v-p and global managing director for Nielsen Book, announced that e-book sales had fallen 16% in 2016 compared to 2015. His analysis was based on actual sales reports for nine months and estimates of the last quarter of the year.
Stolper pointed to the increased price of digital books as the driver of the decline. Agency pricing by the Big Five trade houses began again in 2015 and raised e-book prices by an average of $3.
Another reason for the decline in e-book sales is that more book buyers use tablets and smartphones to read e-books. Readers who use dedicated e-book readers have consistently purchased more e-books than consumers who use other devices. In 2011, more than 70% of e-book buyers said they used dedicated e-book devices; by 2016 only 24% did.
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Looking for love without long-term commitment?
Google has announced that for a limited time you can rent a digital romance. For only 99 cents each, you have 24 hours to read happily-ever-afters published by Harlequin. Sixty titles are in the selection including a few by favorite authors Debbie Macomber, Robyn Carr, and Diana Palmer. Sub-genres include inspirational, romantic suspense, historical, contemporary, military and more.
As a counter, Amazon has a sale of 99 romances for 99 cents each. No rentals here, so plan on a long-term commitment.
Amazon does offer textbook rentals. I wonder if Googles rent-a-novel will prompt Amazon to offer something similar. Would you pay $2.99 or $3.99 to rent a best seller for 24 hours.

Cheap Reads – Nathan Heller Crime Fiction Novels
Fill your Kindle with these exciting Nathan Heller crime fiction novels set in Chicago during the 30s and 40s. You can buy the Kindle version for only 99 cents each and buy the companion audiobook for $1.99 each.