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A print renaissance as e-book sales dip

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A woman reads a book while in the background travelers prepare to board their Amtrak train. Mark Makela/Getty Images

As more and more people turn to Netflix and iTunes for movies and music, one may be concerned about the staying power of books.

However, last year's e-book sales saw a sharp decline, surprising many in the industry.

A few years ago analysts were projecting that print was on its way out with reports that e-books would overtake print by 2015, but that has not been the case. Instead e-book sales have been slowly decreasing.

It turns out people still want the real thing. Lorraine Shanley president of Market Partners International joins us to discuss what's behind this surprising resilience of print.  


Lorraine Shanley, President of Market Partners International a consulting firm that caters to the needs of traditional and digital publishing based in New York

Len Vlahos, is in a two year transition with his wife to become the owners of Tattered Cover Bookstore, an iconic, multi location indie bookstore in Denver, Colorado. He was the former executive director of the Book Industry Study Group, a nonprofit research group that tracks the publishing industry

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