According to the Association for American Publishers, a total of $90.3 million worth of eBooks were sold in February in the U.S., surpassing the $81.2 million worth of paperbacks sold (I’m unsure if that category includes both mass market and trade paperbacks) for the first time ever. (I wonder if the massive Borders liquidation of more than 200 stores’ inventories will impact the March and April numbers.)
This is a very big deal. eBooks are here to stay, and have obviously not yet reached their full potential. Personally, I’m not ready to give up my hardcopies, but I have to say, if I had a novel ready to publish, I’d seriously consider self-publishing it electronically.