I confess, I’ve never read an “e-book.” But, it turns out, I very well be in a shrinking class. According to the Association of American Publishers, digital titles accounted for $90.3 million in sales during February. That was up 202 percent over February of last year. Furthermore, the report found that e-books now rank as the number one format among all trade categories, including adult hardcovers and paperbacks.

“The February results reflect two core facts: people love books and publishers actively serve readers wherever they are,” said Tom Allen, President and Chief Executive Officer of AAP. “The public is embracing the breadth and variety of reading choices available to them. They have made e-Books permanent additions to their lifestyle while maintaining interest in print format books.”

That’s good news for makers of devices such as the Nook, Kindle and iPad. E-book sales surged in part because customers loaded up on new titles following the holidays when many digital reading devices were handed out as gifts.

Amazon.com, the market leader when it comes to e-books, said last year that its digital book sales had surpassed hardcover copies of books.

The Association of American Publishers is the trade association of the U.S. book publishing industry.

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  • http://twitter.com/kegill Kathy E Gill

    I think one reason that “eBooks” as a category trumps all of those others (Adult Hardcover, Adult Paperback, Adult Mass Market, Children’s/Young Adult Hardcover, Children’s/Young Adult Paperback) is because each of those genre types is lumped into “one” in the ebook category. In other words, eBooks as a category includes both children’s books, romance novels, textbooks and a lot of stuff that’s called a “book” that really isn’t (essays, novellas etc).

  • Guest

    Congratulations to the publishing industry for joining in the digital revolution!

  • http://www.puzzazz.com Roy Leban

    Although it’s taking time for people to realize that there are actually books on the Kindle that are truly interactive, we’re seeing very healthy adoption with our puzzle eBooks. We expect that puzzle eBooks will outsell paper eBooks in a few years.

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