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BISG Report: Book Purchases Up, But Not from Bookstores




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Consumers who read e-books are increasing their purchase of books—both print and e-book formats—online and especially through in-app purchasing, and decreasing their use of brick-and-mortar stores, according to the first installment of Volume Three of the Book Industry Study Group’s “Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading” survey. The newest edition of the survey, conducted by Bowker Market Research, found that more than half of e-book readers increased their use of apps to purchase books and more than one-third increased their use of general retail Web sites such as Amazon.com. The gains for these digital vendors come at the expense of brick and mortar bookstores with more than a third of e-book buyers decreasing their spending at national chains and 29% buying less from their local independent booksellers.

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