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January 5, 2016 • Page 10 shop online at www.missourivalleyshopper.com Year In Review | Books Do you have SLOW, Quota Limited or Non-Existent Internet Service today? Does your data bill look like a mortgage payment? From Coloring Books To Harper Lee, A Good Year For Paper publisher and senior vice president of HarperCollins Publishing, has a theory. NEW YORK — From adult “Possible the historic coloring books to a new novel nature of the publication made by Harper Lee, it was a year people want to own a physical for unexpected copy,” he told the AP. hits and hits that Paper even man“So much of the way kids exsold well in paper aged surprisingly well editions. perience the world these days for romance novels, As e-book sales which have thrived as is through a screen, but we remain stalled at e-books. According to instinctively know that the best Harlequin’s execusome 25 percent of the market, tive vice president for way to get kids reading is by hardcovers and North American marplacing a book in their hands.” keting, Brent Lewis, the paperbacks held steady at a time majority of their sales Jeff Kinney digital has upended are now from paper the music, film and editions; before the television indusratio had been 50-50. tries. According to Nielsen print, according to the Abrams Amanda Bergeron, the head of BookScan, which tracks the digital Avon Impulse imimprint Amulet Books. around 85 percent of the print print, also sees improvement “I’m not surprised that market, sales of paper editions physical book sales of ‘Diary for print books. increased modestly in 2015. As of a Wimpy Kid’ outstrip e“A lot of people a few years of early December, 571 million books by such a wide margin,” ago got new devices, so like units had sold, compared to Kinney wrote in a recent email. anything that’s new and excit559 million in 2014. ing you lean toward that for “So much of the way kids Coloring books for growna period of time,” Lewis said. experience the world these ups, a concept once as out “And that shine has worn off days is through a screen, but of left field as, say, a second a little bit. Some people have we instinctively know that the of work of fiction from Lee, reverted back a bit to paper.” best way to get kids reading were the hottest trend. Led Romance author Jennifer is by placing a book in their by Johanna Basford’s “Lost Ryan has seen that change hands.” Ocean” and “Enchanted Forherself. She was first pubE-books have been most est,” the phenomenon underlished in 2013 through Avon successful in adult fiction, standably caught on almost with sales for Anthony Doerr’s Impulse and by the end of exclusively in the print format, Pulitzer Prize-winning “All the the year her “Saved by the and Basford has no desire to Rancher” series had attracted Light We Cannot See” divided change that. Numerous apps a substantial following. This equally between print and have been designed for adult year, with her “Montana Men” digital even though there was coloring, but Basford wants novels, her work was finally little difference on Amazon. her work “experienced only on com between the cost for the published in paper editions. paper,” according to Penguin “When I got into the paperhardcover ($15.29) and for the Books publisher-senior vice back market and was in bookKindle edition ($13.99). president Patrick Nolan. stores I thought my e-books The price gap on Amazon Simon & Schuster CEO would outsell my paperbacks also was small for the hardCarolyn Reidy noted the rise because people knew me just cover and e-editions for Lee’s of coloring books and of books “Go Set a Watchman,” and through e-books,” she said. by YouTube stars, another “But over the last year or might have hurt digital sales. genre that did especially well Lee’s first work since “To Kill a so the digital sales have gone in print. “Neither of these down a little and my paperMockingbird” not only defied categories was a factor before back sales have gone up. I the repulsion of critics by this year,” she said. have talked to other authorstaying on best-seller lists for Paper all along has been friends, and they have seen months, but sold in hardcover especially popular for nonficthe same thing.” by a ratio of 4-to-1 over the tion and children’s books, a e-book. tradition upheld for such top Jonathan Burnham, 2015 releases as David McBy HILLEL ITALIE Are you ready for something more? Are you ready to stream all your favorite content when YOU want? It’s Here. Local High Speed Wireless Internet Service Unlimited and Unbundled. AP National Writer Cullough’s “The Wright Brothers” and Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing Reagan.” For Jeff Kinney’s million-selling, illustrated “Diary of Wimpy Kid: Old School,” 95 percent of sales were for If you answered YES to the questions above, then you qualify for Half Price Installation. 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