Monday, 19 May 2014
Twenty-seven years of book sales
This is an interesting diagram -- showing the total number of invoices issued by Greencroft Books per year, between 1986 and 2013. Over most of that time I have had between ten and twenty titles in print, and year on year the number of invoices written out has fluctuated above and below the 200 mark. The peak activity period between 2001 and 2009 coincides with the writing and publishing of the Angel Mountain books.
But the last 8 years have seen a gradual decline in activity, coinciding with the slow demise of bookshops as Amazon has stolen more and more of the book trade, and as Ebooks have appeared and made a dent in the market. Now there are just a few bookshops left in West Wales, and ironically some of my best sales outlets are not bookshops at all, but stores like Vincent Davies in Haverfordwest, Picton Castle, Tregwynt Woollen Mill, Window on Wales in Solva, Newport Information Centre, Ocean Lab in Goodwick, and -- of course -- the Pembrokeshire Candle Centre, which just happens to be run by my wife!!
The times they are a-changin'..............