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Stephen Downes

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I thought I linked to Elle Griffin's No one buys books, and commented "books are over", but maybe I just imagined it, because I can't find the link. Still, I would have done that, and in fairness, feel obligated to post this rebuttal. "BookScan counted 767 million print sales in 2023. BookScan claims to cover 85% of print sales." That's a lot of books, though keep in mind that this averages to about three books per person in the U.S. (population 336 million). These figures seem widely accepted even by those proclaiming a crisis in print book sales. It's one of those arguments where everyone can be right.

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