Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Book sales drop

Seems to be a theme today.
From the Salt Lake Tribune
The number of books sold dropped by nearly 44 million from 2003 to 2004, even as the annual number of books published approaches 175,000.
''People are reading less, so what you're seeing is the same phenomenon that has hit magazines and newspapers, a massive shift toward home video, DVD, internet and cable,'' said Albert N. Greco, an industry consultant and a professor of business at the graduate school of Fordham University.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I keep hearing these numbers everywhere. I think it's interesting that no one takes into consideration the fact that in 2003, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was published. In 2004, no Harry Potter books were published. I'm not a busines expert so I wouldn't claim that that's the sole reason for the decline, but I imagine that it's a good chunk of it, considering it sold almost two million copies on the first day of publication.