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E-books cause publishing industry growth

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(Read caption) The current popularity of e-books is likely to due to the rise of cheap and easy to use e-readers, like the Nook and the Kindle.

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Despite the unrelenting economic recession, the publishing industry actually appears to be growing.

According to Publisher's Weekly, a three year-long study from Bookstats of the publishing industry from 2008 through 2010 shows growth of 3.1% overall. In today's economic climate, significant industry growth anywhere in the publishing industry is a pleasant surprise.

The New York Times notes that this is the most accurate publishing industry survey yet, including data from a wide range of publishers and book genres.

However, that doesn't mean that all sectors of the publishing industry are succeeding. Media Bistro reports that mass market, hardcover, and paperback sales have all fallen about 2%.

So what's boosting the publishing industry?

E-books appear to be the saving grace here. Publisher's Weekly says that sales of e-books rose about 39% between 2008 and 2010.

The current popularity of e-books is likely to due to the rise of cheap and easy to use e-readers, like the Nook and the Kindle. Pay about $140 for an e-reader and you can carry just about any book you want around with you in your pocket. It's not hard to see why e-book sales are so strong.

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