Review of 2011: The publishers

At last year's London Book Fair a seminar debated the resolution: "Publishers will be irrelevant in the digital age". In a similar vein of self-examination, we have asked ourselves whether our look at publisher performance based on Nielsen BookScan Total Consumer Market print figures is still relevant in today's increasingly digitalised market.

The answer is an unqualified yes. Digital sales may have made up about 10% of the market, perhaps up to 12% for some publishers, by year's end. But that does mean an overwhelming majority of the market, 88%–90%, is still print. BookScan figures ...

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