Graphic by Todd Goldstein.
Wondering why ebook growth in 2013 seems so sluggish after years of explosive gains? Blame books that aren’t there.
So far in 2013, there hasn’t been a title or series to match last year’s huge sales of The Hunger Games or Fifty Shades of Grey — and nobody is afraid to say so.
Earlier in August, Barnes & Noble blamed its poor performance on the two series. Bricks-and-mortar competitor Books-A-Million did the same this week (below). The AAP mentioned the young-adult series in its monthly report on book sales revenue, underscoring a nearly 50% drop in children’s ebook revenue for the year through April.
It just goes to show that disappointment is relative. Read more.

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Kobo Launches Fleet of New Devices (DBW)
International ebook retailer and device-maker Kobo has launched a new fleet of e-reading and tablet devices along with an ebook store for children and a partnership with content aggregator Pocket — all aimed at helping Kobo win the fight for “people who have reading at the center of their lives,” according to …read more

Via: Digital Book World