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Print book sales climb in October

Print book sales climb in October
Sales of print books were up in October in every category. (Alex Wong / Getty Images)

Sales of print books climbed in October, according to the America Association of Publishers.

Publishers Weekly reports that compared to October 2013, sales of hardcovers were up 14%. Trade paperbacks rose 14.6% while mass market paperback sales were up 9.9%.

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In the category of children's and young adult, which are grouped together, hardcover sales were up 4.9%, paperback sales increased a hefty 35.8% and board books were up a whopping 86.5%.

That upswing didn't quite make up for book sales for the year, which lagged behind 2013. Overall, adult book sales were down 0.8% from 2013, with hardcovers falling 5.5% and mass market paperbacks down 5.0%. Trade paperbacks were up slightly, by 1.7%, and e-book sales held steady at $1.07 billion.

In England, signs are pointing to an e-book plateau. The bookstore chain Waterstones reported that print book sales at its stores were up 5% in December. In 2013, British readers spent $3.3 billion on printed books and just $455 million on e-books, according to The Guardian.

Analysts point to the enthusiasm of young readers as underlying the trends. A Nielsen survey showed that teens 13-17 prefer print books over e-books. Reasons could be less access to credit cards for online shopping or that teens like to share books with one another -- something that's still hard to do with an e-book.

Book news and more; I'm @paperhaus on Twitter

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