It was a bleak year for paperbacks and bookshops.
Many were closing.
But the resurgence of e-books led to a renaissance.
As well as bringing new readers to the hobby, e-book sales helped lift sales of books that were traditionally priced at £9.99.
Some experts have suggested that e-readers may have helped to offset a decline in print sales, but others think it was merely a case of the publishers being more patient and giving more books a chance.
It is unclear whether the surge in ebook sales was caused by an increase in sales or an increase of ebooks.
The number of people who read books digitally has more than doubled in the past decade, and the number of eBooks sold has increased from 6% in 2013 to 14% in 2015.
But while the impact on print sales was minimal, there was a big jump in the number books published in 2016.
The books that had been priced at $8.99 were priced at just $9.50 in 2016, and there was another jump in 2018, from $8 to $10.
It’s not clear whether the jump in e-reader sales was due to an increase or an actual rise in the market for books priced at lower prices, but it’s possible that it could have helped offset a dip in sales from traditional print books.
Amazon has recently launched a service called Kindle Unlimited which gives people a free Kindle e-reading device.
The service lets customers download new titles and read them online at no cost.
The Kindle Unlimited subscription service was launched in July 2018.
But with a new device launched every two months, it can take months to complete the purchase, which some authors say makes it difficult to know how many books are currently available to purchase.
Some authors are not satisfied with the service, claiming it’s slow and cumbersome and a drain on their time.
Others say it’s cheaper to purchase the e-ink books than to read them, because it does not require downloading and uploading content.
Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited offers an opportunity for authors to enjoy the benefits of Amazon’s digital publishing business, which makes them a major source of income.
But authors are concerned that Amazon’s business model will be undermined if the price of books becomes too low, which would cause the loss of their income.
If the price becomes too high, authors say, they could end up cutting back on what they pay for their work and may not be able to afford the cost of books they write.
This would result in them having to sell fewer books.
Author David Jaffe, who has written seven books for Amazon, says he feels as though Amazon is trying to make a profit by selling more e-texts than they have books to sell.
‘They’re going to have to cut back and go into the digital business to make up the difference, or I don’t think they can afford to keep this up,’ he says.
‘I don’t know what they’re thinking, I think they’ve got to find a way to make it work.’
Amazon has been criticised for its e-retailer approach to the ebook market, which means it charges publishers extra fees for their books, and charges authors extra fees to sell them on its platform.
In June 2017, Amazon launched a new service called Kindles for Libraries, which offered e-download and audiobook versions of books for sale for free.
However, the service is only available in the US and Europe.
It has not been fully rolled out in the UK, where Kindles have long been a popular choice for authors.
Amazon said in its annual report in August 2018 that the service would be available in Europe in 2019, but did not offer an estimate of when it would be offered elsewhere.
‘Kindles for libraries is an exciting initiative, but we know that it will take time to ramp up the distribution of books to libraries and to meet the expectations of authors, who have long enjoyed the convenience of Amazon for authors and publishers,’ said Amazon in a statement at the time.
‘It’s important to note that Kindles is a digital service, which requires users to purchase a license for the software to read their ebooks and ebooks can only be read by people who have the license, which is typically only used by publishers.
The new platform will enable more authors to share their stories and work with readers online in a way that is convenient, fun and more secure.’
But critics argue that this service is not nearly as accessible as the Kindle Unlimited service and may have an impact on authors.
‘Amazon’s new Kindles offering is simply not as good as the original Kindle offerings, and if the Kindle One doesn’t work, it’s not going to work any better than the Kindle Ultra or Kindle Fire.
The fact that authors are being forced to pay a fee to have their work published on Amazon’s platform means they have no choice but to choose the Kindle for libraries instead,’ said one UK-based