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2017.09.28 Paper-based books selling well at
One Click Retail, a U.S. e-commerce company headquartered in Utah, announced on August 17 that during the period from January to June of the current fiscal year, the sales of printed books for U.S.—on a stand-alone basis—saw an increase by 46% compared to the same period last year. Sales of e-books rose 6% in this time. Active user accounts for Amazon now number at approximately 310 million.

Amazon reported gross sales of $4.7 billion and $1.4 billion in printed books and e-books, respectively, for fiscal 2016. This comes as combined sales of printed books from every bookstore over the U.S. dropped to $14 billion in 2016, down from $17.23 billion in 2011, which One Click Retail attributes to the growth in online sales by Amazon.‘In a move that some have called an act of irony,’ One Click Retail writes, Amazon has opened up retail bookstores in a number of U.S. cities, harking back to its beginning of selling paper-based books from (current Amazon CEO) Jeff Bezos’ garage in 1995.

A few years ago, it was believed that physical books would be phased out due to the proliferation of e-books. However, it seems we are seeing a resurgence in paper-based books. One Click Retail speculates that, especially in the first half of 2017, the latest ‘Harry Potter’ book, which sold 680,000 printed copies of in the first three days of sales in the U.K., had a significant impact.

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