Readers committed to physical books can give a sigh of relief, as new figures reveal that ebook sales are falling while sales of paper books are growing – and the shift is being driven by younger generations. More than 360m books were sold in 2016 – a 2% jump in a year that saw UK consumers spend an extra 6%, or £100m, on books in print and ebook formats, according to findings by the industry research group Nielsen in its annual books and consumer survey. The data also revealed good news for bricks-and-mortar bookshops, with a 4% rise in purchases across the UK. While sales through shops increased 7% in 2016, ebook sales declined by 4%. It is the second year in a row that ebook sales have fallen, and only the second time that annual ebook sales have done so since industry bodies began monitoring sales a decade ago. click Read More below for more of the story
Dear Industry Member:
Thanks to those who have taken action. Via our email@example.com address, we’ve observed dozens of executives contacting their legislators requesting communications to Congressional leadership that no retroactive remote sales tax collection and an orderly phase-in both be added to must-pass legislation in the lame duck.
Yes, we’ve been sounding the alarm bells for several weeks now, but here’s the problem: The Speaker’s office tells us they have not received enough input from House members that they view this as an essential step prior to this Congress adjourning and a new Congress being seated.
If we are to get an orderly phase in, hundreds of companies must take action on this matter. So please spread the word and be sure every member of Congress in all districts in which you have a presence hear from you and your colleagues. If this is to happen, an overwhelming industry outreach is required.
Details on what to say and how to find your representative are found here.
Time is of the essence. Congress does not care that many companies are totally consumed with servicing holiday orders. Only widespread outreach now will make a difference. Please reach out to Congress today.
Happy to help or address questions. Thank you.
President & Executive Director
American Catalog Mailers Association