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25 percent of Young Adult books sold are E-BOOKS!

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Initial post: Feb 5, 2011, 9:17:13 PM PST
Samantha says:
THis really is quite amazing in the New York Times. A quarter of all young adult books being sold are electronic versions that are being read by kids carrying around Mummy's Kindle. Everyone said the Kindle was going to take forever to catch on especially with kids.So does this mean the guy who wrote Milrose Munce is now richer than JK Rawling?

Posted on Feb 5, 2011, 11:18:50 PM PST
Carl Ashmore says:
It is great news, Samantha.

The Time Hunters

Posted on Feb 6, 2011, 7:21:02 AM PST
Cynicalbit says:
Samantha- My daughter (14- and also named Samantha.. lol) received her own kindle for Christmas. After completely filling two, 5 shelf book shelves, I decided why shouldn't she have her own kindle? My son's video game system (which I wish I had never bought) cost twice as much as the kindle and his games are 5 to 6 times as much as any book she will ever read. Not to mention books are so much better for the brain.. lol..
So, that being said, she doesn't carry mommy's kindle, she carries her own. In a hot pink, lighted amazon cover so she can read on the early morning bus ride.

On a side note, my only gripe with the YA books in general is that 90% of her books don't allow lending. Not a problem for us since she is on my account, but just to put that out there.

Posted on Feb 6, 2011, 9:51:49 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 6, 2011, 9:55:08 AM PST
CollieLady says:
My son just started public high school (10th grade), after being taught at home all of his life. He takes his Kindle to school. He doesn't buy DTBs any more. He loves being able to read on the bus in the dark (it is a 30 minute ride since we live in the country).

The Kindle has caused quite a stir at school. A couple of the students didn't know what it was, but the teachers did. I'm going to suggest that the school buy some Kindles as an experiment to encourage the kids to read. When another of my sons started school there, the kids were amazed that he would read a DTB for fun. He has a reputation for being a genius simply because he reads books that are not assigned by the teachers.

It's kind of odd that in P.E. classes, kids are not allowed to read while they use the treadmill (which has a book rack on it), but my son is allowed to use his Kindle.

This school, shockingly, has a goal that by 2016, the majority of its sophomores will read at grade level.

Posted on Feb 6, 2011, 10:01:13 AM PST
Leah Johnson says:
That's great to hear! But I wonder what exactly constitutes as YA?

S. Foster - What exactly makes books better for the brain than games? My brain is definitely more active when I'm strategize and such in games than when I'm just reading a relaxing book.

Posted on Feb 6, 2011, 10:20:03 AM PST
Sunshine says:
I'll jump in here- DD got a kindle and mummy tried to borrow it - finally mummy got her own - and I'm amazed, she does spend more of her money on ebooks, but then she always spent her money on books - and she would carry 8 - 10 books with her on vacation, often re reading books... and I can remember more than one whine, please can we find a Bookstore - I need a new book, please, please!

Now we dont have to tell her no, there are no bookstores on this stretch of the highway!

We went to 8th grade orientation at the highschool, and that was my question to the department head - what about the kindle? Her response was they are meeting about it - the school purchased 10 Kindles for the library to get kids a chance to use this technology, and all her (English) teachers have ereaders, but they still havent come to grasp how to use them in the classroom (often they use a "sticky" note technique, and they know the kindle does have footnotes the kids can access - so they are in the process of changing their teaching styles - )

Posted on Feb 6, 2011, 10:39:35 AM PST
I think this 25% thing is excellent news. I received my Kindle this past Christmas and my kid constantly wants to check it out, not that I let him, but think about it... his generation is going to have had small gadgets for everything (ie. video gaming, phones, music, etc.) their whole lives so why wouldn't an ereader appeal?

S. Foster - That is an excellent point regarding console gaming versus ereaders. Makes me wish my kid wasn't a reluctant reader. I'd hate to put money away to purchase a Kindle for him and see it collecting dust. Maybe in a few years once he's a high schooler it might be a better choice. Anything to get my kid to read. lol

Great topic guys!

Posted on Feb 6, 2011, 11:07:53 AM PST
Tami S says:
Great news that e-books are catching on so quickly with YA readers! Not really surprising from my perspective, though :)

Samantha, none of my three daughters carry around Mummy's kindle - they would find it too difficult to pry it away from me, lol! They each have their own, at 19, 15, and 11. My 19 year old has a K2 like her dad and I, but at Christmas, my 15 (then 14 yr old) received my K2 as I upgraded to my new K3. My 10 yr old (now 11) asked for her kindle for Christmas...and counted down the days til she could read on it.

They each have been the very best gifts ever - much used and appreciated. Oh the stories I could tell! :) My youngest brings her Scholastic order froms home from school now and asks "can we get this one for my kindle?". My 15 year old, who received my K2, because she wasnt really sure she reads enough to want one, told me very seriously just last night that "kindles are so addicting Mom" as she pulled it out to read - a daily habit since she received it at Christmas :) My 19 year old left in September for a year in Australia, and has found her kindle priceless - not only on the planes and at airports, but not having to pack boxes of books to take and bring home!! She has "sold" many kindles on her travels!!

My kids, like myself, have always liked to read, but are reading so much more now - and I no longer have to worry about their overflowing bookshelves :) I havent bought a DTB in almost 2 years, and now don"t need to for them either...

We love our kindles!!!

Posted on Feb 6, 2011, 11:36:13 AM PST
S.L.B. says:
Also remember that MANY adults (this one included - any many of my friends) read YA novels.

That being said my two daughters are proud Kindle owners. To add to that, my JrHS daughter said that there are around 6 kids in just her English class alone that bring eReaders to school... give it a bit of time and those numbers will multiply... eReaders are growing fast with the younger crowd.

S.L. Baum
A Chance for Charity (The Immortal Ones)

Posted on Feb 6, 2011, 12:43:27 PM PST
Cynicalbit says:
@Leah, IMO books are so much better because they are food for the body, mind, and soul. You can learn most anything by reading and they can take you anywhere to do anything! Relaxing with a good book is a great stress reliever which is great for the body. You must use your mind (obviously), reading, no matter the genre, helps with word recognition, grammar, etc. It is great for the soul because it can let you read from another's perspective and what life may be like for someone other than yourself. I could go on and on.. but I won't. <stepping off my soapbox>.

Collielady, I completely understand, my kids are on the bus almost an hour each way. 'At 6:30 in the a.m. a book light is key. My daughter was the first that she knows of in her H.S. to carry one. She actually got into a discussion with one teacher about a different e-reader (which I won't name here... lol) about which was better. She has the same kind of rep because of her love of books. Her friends endearingly call her brainiac, meant in a good way of course.

S.L. Baum, I am with you there. I read most of my daughter's YA books right along with or before her. It is a great connection to have. We can discuss and gush about the books together. I wouldn't trade it.

Rhianna, I have one avid reader and one who would rather use ANY book for T.P. than read it. I'm hoping he regains the love he had for books when he was younger. I'm lost with this because I raised them together obviously, and the same. I too continue to hope he does a 180 again, until then I'll have to periodically put the kindle down and pick up a game controller!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2011, 12:53:23 PM PST
A. says:
I don't know if you read the news recently, but Amazon says it now sells more ebooks than paperbacks or hardcovers. To me, that's simply amazing. Amazon has only had the Kindle for what? Three or four years? Talk about a revolution.

Posted on Feb 6, 2011, 4:00:25 PM PST
Ari M. says:
Samantha, I suspect that no one's richer than J.K. Rowling. I doubt even Stephanie Meyer's getting close. Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help (Extended Edition) was outselling Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) for a long time on Kindle, which is pretty big, but you have to remember that the Harry Potter books weren't even in the competition -they weren't available as e-books. So I don't think Mr. Anthony Cooper's a billionaire yet.

Also a lot of the time that it was the number one bestseller Milrose Munce was $2.99 or $3.99. Harry Potter's never been available at that price that I know of. Maybe Twilight. Anyway you don't get zillions if you sell e-books at a reasonable price.
I'm sure most writers are happy with less than a zillion dollars though.

Posted on Feb 7, 2011, 8:56:41 AM PST
S.L. Baum - There is a HUGE market with YA and adults. As a reviewer/blogger I probably read 2 YA books for every adult title I've read in the past year. I think some of that is that all adults have once been young adults so the material can take us back or at the very least is relatable on some level. Plus series like Harry Potter and Twilight becoming film franchises have drawn a lot of adults who never read anything into books again. I know more than a few who began reading for the first time since school days because of these two.

S. Foster - As an avid reader who has loved the written word since long before I could read it baffles me when kids don't enjoy reading. I love to play video games myself but after a while I find it less than stimulating. I keep asking my fellow book bloggers who read more middle grade stuff for recommendations for boys but my kid is very hit and miss. Maybe it really would be a good idea to buy him a Kindle for his next birthday. I could see the gadget appeal helping interest him in reading on it but then finding something he'd enjoy reading might be the issue. lol

I haven't looked into it at all myself so I am curious... are there any parental controls for the Kindle? I, personally, wouldn't need much as far as my kid is concerned... mostly just wouldn't want him buying a bunch of books without us agreeing on a budget first. ;) I can just see my CC statement now... a hundred charges for $.99 books. My husband would crap kittens. XD

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2011, 9:24:53 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 7, 2011, 9:35:04 AM PST
Cynicalbit says:
Rhianna, I don't believe there are any parental controls for the kindle. I just had a talk with my daughter when she got hers for Christmas. I told her that every single thing she downloads whether free or not shows up on my own kindle and apps and archives. Also that I get an email with every download as well. Also told her that just because she was able to download anything doesn't mean she was allowed to read "everything". I still limit her reading (though very hard) to YA, some classics and novels meant for "adults" that meet my approval. Meanie that I am, I told her that while it was a "gift" it still had responsibilities and if she wasn't up to meeting those then she would no longer have it. Just like her cell phone/ipod etc.etc. (meaning they have the same rules).
I'm not sure how old your son is but when mine was younger he enjoyed the "Captain Underpants" books and "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series. I don't know how they would translate to the kindle or if they are even available since they are in an almost graphic novel format. Also, they may enjoy the "Fable Haven" series by Brandon Mull.. They have a male and a female character for protagonists. I read them years ago and "tried" to get my son into them after he went on his "I HATE READING!" tangent. They seemed gender inspecific as to who (whom?) might enjoy them.

Edited to add: The Diary of a Wimpy kid series and the Captain Underpants series are NOT available as kindle reads as I thought. They are quite pricey as well as box sets. My library had them though, so yours might.
Also, the Brandon Mull series is available for Kindle and is also quite Pricey with books 1-5 being 7.59 and book 6 (the final one) still at its hard cover price of 11 and change.

Posted on Feb 9, 2011, 7:12:31 AM PST
H W says:
That is very good news indeed, what is the 65%? perhaps authors should tap into that market!

Posted on Feb 9, 2011, 7:28:23 AM PST
I dont know about any other -so called adults in their 60's - older YAs but about 1/3 of my books are YA books. It started from Twilight books and the Hunger Games. I am glad that most of their books are on Kindle for us.


Posted on Feb 9, 2011, 7:34:41 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jun 14, 2011, 4:39:33 PM PDT
Moe Zilla says:
According to USA Today, Amanda Hocking sold nearly half a million copies of her young adult "paranormal" novels in just one month.

But maybe it's not just young adults who are reading them...
David Cassel, Editor
"Me and My Kindle" blog

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2011, 7:37:07 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 9, 2011, 7:38:07 AM PST
CLB77 says:
^---another adult YA reader completely thrilled by this news :)

Leah, the YA genre is broad, since it encompasses every major genre (just written at a YA level). They all tend to have a few basic principles though:
-a YA protagonist
-a YA-appropriate setting
-non-graphic* sex, violence, and language
-deal with YA-relevant concerns... coming of age, identity, first love, etc.
-written at a YA-accessible language level

*Non-graphic does not mean non-existent. YA romantic & violent scenes are usually more closed door than open. "Foul" language is usually limited to a handful of curses, and usually not the worst ones, and is sometimes non-existent. As always, some titles blur those boundaries.

Posted on Feb 9, 2011, 8:48:33 AM PST
I have been a fan of young adult fantasy since I first read A Wrinkle in Time years ago. Now my granddaughters and I trade recommendations. During my Christmas visit, my eldest granddaughter was picking up all the information on my Kindle so she could save to buy one. I gave her a copy of Troubled Waters by Sharon Shinn for Christmas--like most young adults, she reads both adult and teen books, and her mother read my copy on my Kindle. Reading helps the generations bond!

Royal Blood (Chronicles of Endymion)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2011, 9:12:01 AM PST
It's definitely not just young adults reading them. It's a popular genre for adults too:

"The percentage of female Y.A. fans between the ages of 25 and 44 has nearly doubled in the past four years. Today, nearly one in five 35- to 44-year-olds say they most frequently buy Y.A. books. For themselves."

Posted on Feb 9, 2011, 9:13:23 AM PST
Nicola says:
I think this is good news, but like @S.L.Baum I wonder how many of these purchases are actually made by young adults or for young adults.

As a Mum with a Kindle, I have bought for myself many books that my kids are reading, or want to read, so that I can know what they are reading and be able to discuss it with them. (This has paid off with my middle one especially, it's so great to go see a film made of a book he loves and then come out of the cinema and listen to him talk about why the book was better, know what he is talking about and be able to have a conversation about it).

And of course there are lots of books that fall under the YA umbrella that have an adult following, Twilight, Eragon, Harry Potter (if we could get it on the Kindle), The Hunger Games, Artemis Fowl and so on. I'm an unashamed lover of good children's fiction (by good I mean, imo, a good story, good characters and doesn't talk down to the reader, I think kids prefer books that treat them like they are smart rather than stupid)

I do think this is a great trend and will draw more youngsters in, but as long as mine are reading, I don't care if it's on my Kindle or a DTB.

Posted on Feb 9, 2011, 11:31:53 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 9, 2011, 11:32:54 AM PST
@Nicola, you're right. The big bestsellers like Twilight and Milrose Munce have a huge adult following as well.

in fact the newer version of Milrose is supposed to be geared more towards adults according to Books on the Knob. I haven't read it yet, just downloaded it. It's like Alice in Wonderland, also a children's book that just as many adults read.

I was talked into going to see the last Twilight film by a friend and it seems like it's even more popular with those of us in the *twilight* of our youth than it is with the kids.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2011, 11:58:01 AM PST
CLB77 says:
Twilight is a YA book by accident, in a way. Stephenie Meyer has said countless times that she wrote it for herself, a 30-something mother of 3. I has the major components of a YA book, and is written at a very accessible reading level, so it was categorized YA... but its appeal is far broader.

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