Friday, May 10, 2013

Book Purge III

This is my third large purge of books I won’t bother to read or that I’m unlikely to read again.  (I posted about my first purge, but skipped my second one.)  This time, I sold 17 books to a used bookstore. 



I’ve noticed a disturbing trend:  the prices are going down noticeably for paperback books.  I think the used bookstores are realizing the hard truth that there is less of a demand for mass-market paperbacks. 

In the past, I’ve had interesting conversations with professionals on whether mass-market paperbacks will be replaced by e-books in the next few years.  (The larger paperbacks, known as trade paperbacks, are considered safe for now.  And none of the professionals were predicting the demise of hardcover books.)  But let’s not ignore signals from the marketplace about what’s going on.  Is the death of the mass-market paperback coming?  What’s happening in used bookstores in other parts of the country?  

4 comments:

Jess said...

I'm mostly a library girl, so I'm not aware of what's going on in used bookstores around here, but this is an interesting post that raises good questions!

Crystal Collier said...

I think there will always be a market for all 3 mediums, just a lesser share. I mean, people will always read paper, and cheapskates will still want to buy books. I'm interested to see exactly how the numbers play out though.

Pk Hrezo said...

Def interesting. I think eBooks will soon take their place and print books will be for those really huge bestsellers that fans just want a copy of as collector items.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I only buy a book in paperback if I know I am going to keep it. Too much clutter in my house. Ebooks are tidier!

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