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2012 in review
December 30, 2012

The year in publishing continued to see an increase in digital book sales driven by lower prices and greater selection for e-book readers. However, the rate of growth appeared to be slowing, and sales of hardbacks and paperbacks are not falling as precipitously as they were. The Wall Street Journal reports: "the prognosis for traditional books is suddenly looking brighter. Hardcover books are displaying surprising resiliency. The growth in e-book sales is slowing markedly. And purchases of e-readers are actually shrinking, as consumers opt instead for multipurpose tablets. It may be that e-books, rather than replacing printed books, will ultimately serve a role more like that of audio booksóa complement to traditional reading, not a substitute." And "A 2012 survey by Bowker Market Research revealed that just 16% of Americans have actually purchased an e-book and that a whopping 59% say they have no interest in buying one." Read article here.

Among the writers who died in 2012 were Ray Bradbury, Gore Vidal, Maurice Sendak, and Carlos Fuentes. Iíd read some from all of them.

On a happier note, I published my fourth novel, Subduction. As Iíve mentioned before I donít read reviews of my books, but Iíve heard they have been generally good (yea!). A review from the Japan Times had a good quote that was posted on the Chin Music Press website: "Part murder mystery, part romantic thriller, part seismological textbook, Subduction heaves with a splintered brilliance I could only appreciate after rejoining the parts inside my imagination. Each section slides or grinds along another, but the final whole is a work that stayed with me for weeks afterward." I didnít do as much traveling and readings for the book as I have for other books, for many reasons. Mainly it seems marketing is mostly online now, but I miss interacting with readers.

I also finished revising a novel Iíd written a few years ago called Why Ghosts Appear. Itís based loosely on Kobo Abeís novel The Ruined Map. Iím not sure when it will be published but as soon as I know, Iíll let you know.

And finally, I wrote a new novel titled The Royal Book of Monsters. Itís different from my other novels, as it doesn't deal with Japanese themes, at least not directly. Rather itís a combination of mystery, science fiction, and fantasy/horror set in Paris in the late 1600s and in present day New York. Iíll probably publish it under a pseudonym so I wonít confuse readers! Iíll write more about this project in 2013.

I hope to read more in 2013, and I hope you do the same.

COMMENTS

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Lee Witte
Interesting news on the e-book front. I hoped that ink-on-paper books weren't going away!

Jo Reed
I read that independent bookstores (at least the ones that survived) are doing well too.

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