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The Mad Author
Jean Tennant

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Posted Friday, July 8, 2011, at 3:31 PM
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  • What's more popular right now, fiction or nonfiction? What about kindle books?

    -- Posted by charliegarrett on Wed, Jul 13, 2011, at 9:59 PM
  • For a long time fiction outsold nonfiction. I believe the ratio was something like 60%/40%. In that past decade or so, however, that's changed, and now those numbers have flipped with nonfiction selling more. We like to read about the lives and experiences of others. We also read for self-improvement and growth. Sometimes it's just plain voyeurism, and I'm as guilty of that as the next guy. So, to answer your question, nonfiction is more popular at this time.

    As far as Kindle and the other e-readers out there, I think they'll continue to grow as a big part of book publishing, and it may well be that in a few years the e-readers will put small publishers (myself included) out of business.

    That said, I have a Kindle and I love it. It fits in my purse and I have about 100 books in it, as well as the 3 magazines and several blogs I subscribe to. All that reading material is at my fingertips wherever I go. So instead of bucking the trend I try to embrace it, and am busy putting Shapato Publishing's books in e-reader format as well.

    -- Posted by JTennant on Thu, Jul 14, 2011, at 12:11 PM
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