I'm not surprised about the number of releases. Lots of people buy books as gifts, and if you are buying one as a gift, most people will reach for the most recently released as it is more unlikely that the person does not already have it. Then there are all the ones like mysteries or romances that release special holiday-themed stories.
I'm not surprised that more paper books are being sold that ebooks. A lot of people still prefer the paperbooks. There is also a push in some schools/schoolboards to get kids reading and get books into schools. And there is a lot of stories/articles out there about too much screen time for kids, and I think there are parents who try to make sure their kids are not on screens all the time. I do personally prefer the feel of a paper book in my hand, although I've something like 2K of ebooks (lots were freebies! and no, haven't read them all. Figure even if I don't manage to read them until decades from now when I retire, they won't go bad!). However, as much as I like paper books, they DO take up space - a lot of it. I've begun limiting my paper book buying to only those authors that I really like/collect and am likely to want to re-read many times and/or loan out. I buy ebooks for new-to-me authors I'm not sure I'll like, books I'm not likely to lend out or would end up having to get rid of because of space, or in a few cases, books that are cheaper in ebook form than paperback. For example, there is one particular company's inspirational romance anthologies that I enjoy. The paper books are often in the 17.99-22.99 range. The ebook company I buy from often prices them at 15.99, while amazon kindle they are 9.99. The ebook store I buy from will price match + give you a rebate of 10% if you find the book for sale at amazon or any other major ebook retailer for less than they are selling it. So I pay 15.99 at my ebook store, send them the link with the amazon price, get the almost $8 back in price-matching that they give me, and end up paying $7-8 for the ebook version, when the paperback would cost me nearly 3x the price. There is also the fact that in conjunction with the space issue, ebooks are a LOT easier to carry around. I take public transit to and from work, and it is a lot easier to carry a variety of books with me & pick up and read whatever I fancy when I am carrying an ereader in my purse than it is to pack around 1 or more paper books.
WIP Elegant Irises by Amanda Butler Lazy Days by Mystic Stitch pg 1/24 (BAP) Nativity Story Table Topper pg 1/6 by Blackberry Lane Designs (BAP) Amazing Grace by MBT (BAP) pg 1/6 Baby Ark Sampler by Bothy Threads pg 1/4 Skate by AAN Herbes et Epices by Madame La Fee Ornaments 1/12
Completed 2020 Names of God by MBT Ponchos x3 (2 nieces, 1 doll version!) Christmas ornaments - 11/11 Soffia by AAN