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On the Books: Paperbacks and hardcovers still reign over ebooks

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Early adopters of e-readers: The literary revolution still has not been digitized. In the first six months of 2014, ebook sales composed 23 percent of total book sales, according to new data from Nielsen Books. That’s certainly a hefty chunk, but even hardcovers alone beat out ebooks, making up 25 percent of unit purchases.

Not everyone buys ebooks at the same rates, though. Only 22 percent of adult nonfiction books purchased in the six-month period were ebooks, while a whopping 47 percent of romance novels purchased in the same span were digital.

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