I was delighted by the latest news from Reuters, published 18 July 2012. Selected blurbs follow, below:
<< Electronic books more than doubled in popularity in 2011, with ebooks outselling hardcover books in adult fiction for the first time, according to a survey released on Wednesday. >>
<< Net sales of e-books jumped to 15 percent of the market in 2011 from 6 percent in 2010, according to a report by the Association of American Publishers and the Book Industry Study Group. >>
<< According to the report, in the adult fiction category, e-books accounted for 30 percent of total net publisher sales compared to a 13 percent share the year before. >>
Of course, people will continue to purchase printed books for the foreseeable future. However, it is clear that e-books are now a reality, also. I have already sold considerably more copies of my Trojan War novel and bare-knuckle boxing novella in their Kindle editions than I ever managed in hard copy, and I heartily recommend digital publishing to aspiring authors.