Wednesday, September 19, 2012
UK E-book sales up 188 per cent
E-book sales up 188 per cent in first six months of 2012 as children’s digital books grow and sales of physical books fall again.
There was a huge rise in digital fiction sales in the first six months of 2012 with participating companies reporting an increase of 188 pre cent by value.
The Publishers Association’s Sales Monitor shows that the total invoiced value of digital fiction books sales reported by participating companies saw a rise of 188 pre cent by value in January-June 2012 in comparison to the same period in 2011.
Other strongly performing categories include children’s digital books and digital non-fiction books, which increased by 171 pre cent and 128 pre cent respectively during the same period. Overall digital sales of general consumer titles (including fiction, non-fiction and children’s) increased from £30m to £84m between January-June 2011 and 2012.
These increases reflect overall growth of 89.1 pre cent in digital sales (from £77m to £145m) while physical book sales fell 0.4 pre cent by value (from £985m to £982m) and 3.8 pre cent by volume (from 260m to 251m) over the period.
Richard Mollet, CEO of The Publisher’s Association, said: "The results of The Publishers Association’s Sales Monitor show that British publishing continues to perform strongly despite difficult economic conditions. In particular, the huge increase in digital sales shows how rapidly readers and publishers are embracing e-book reading. Whether books are enjoyed physically or electronically, publishers will continue to invest in exciting authors and titles. They can do this because of the stability provided by the UK’s robust and flexible copyright framework. This is why The PA is at the forefront of calls to government to ensure that copyright is not eroded and that creators’ rights are protected and supported online."