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The Washington State Bookstore’s book sales are down a bit, but not nearly as much as they were in 2014, and it’s because a new wave of ebooks are catching on.
Booksellers, authors and other authors are selling the books online and at the store, in a bid to help boost sales.
For many people, it’s a way to get their books into the hands of the right audience, while they wait for their next book to come out.
But it’s not easy.
And it’s complicated for consumers who can’t access books through a library.
“I’m just so excited to be able to sell this book online,” said Mary Beth Kincaid, the owner of Kincamadors Books, a Seattle-area bookseller.
“It’s a great opportunity.”
In the last five years, the number of books sold online has risen by more than 100%, to more than 12 million titles.
That’s a big increase for a business that was established in 1971, before the Internet existed, and had a difficult time gaining traction.
Now, it has an easy way to reach customers: by buying books on Amazon and other platforms, from which it has grown.
Some authors have embraced the new trend.
“Online books are a way of reaching a much wider audience than ever before,” said the author Mark Haddon, author of The Great Divide, an epic novel set in the 1920s and 1930s.
“People who are in their 20s and 30s can now buy books for younger people, for kids, for teenagers.”
In an e-book market, a bookseller can charge more for a book because it can have more information about it, like reviews, about the author, and so on.
But for many people — including some authors, like Haddon — that’s not an option.
“The idea that I have a monopoly is not necessarily true,” said Haddon.
“If you go to Amazon and buy a book for $5, you can get a book that is much better than the book that Amazon has offered you before.”
There are several reasons why e-books aren’t making as much money as they used to.
One is that the demand for books is lower than it used to be.
In 2014, the first year that Amazon began offering books, it sold about 20 million titles, according to the company.
Now it sells about 9 million, according the company’s figures.
This year, Amazon has said it expects sales to fall by a third to 8 million.
And Amazon is working on adding more ebook titles, and the company says it plans to offer new titles for as long as it can.
Another factor is the way that books are sold.
Books are often sold at bookstores.
And the e-reader market is growing faster than traditional books.
“There is so much more room to grow in that space,” said Kincadors.
“You don’t have to spend $5 to buy a Kindle or a Samsung or something like that.
That is so far ahead of what I had to spend to buy my books.”
Many authors are also working on their own booksellers.
Some are offering their own online stores and buying books from publishers, which are charging authors more for their books.
But the vast majority of authors don’t get the book sales they’re used to, and they often don’t find a publisher who will pay the prices they’re asking.
And they also don’t make as much profit, either.
Many authors, such as Haddon and Karen Straub, a writer of science fiction and fantasy, are looking to publishers for support, as well.
“What is going to happen when Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all the publishers who have gone online are going to go out of business?
They’re going to have a hard time making it work,” Straub said.
“So I want to be a publisher, and that’s where the bookstores are going.”
And the business is growing.
The average publisher, including Haddon’s Kincandays Books, is getting about 10 million books a year, according, according Amazon, from about $7.2 million in 2014 to about $8.6 million last year.
Haddon is working with a small publisher to help get her books into more libraries.
But most publishers don’t offer e-readers, so it’s hard to make a profit.
“Publishers are struggling financially, and we’re struggling financially,” Straut said.
Straub is also trying to sell her new book, The Waking Sands, to the New York Times Book Review, a publication that sells about two million titles a year.
“That’s what we really want to do,” Strau said.
And her publisher is interested in working with her.
“We’ve seen how successful it has been for us.