A year in review: E-book sales fall for all but one of the UK’s biggest publishers

A year in review: E-book sales fall for all but one of the UK’s biggest publishers

It was another year of digital contraction for the UK’s biggest publishers, who experienced a second consecutive year of declining e-book volumes in 2016. Since The Bookseller started charting the performance of five of the UK’s biggest publishers in 2012, there has been a three-year slowing of growth, followed by a like-for-like drop in digital volume in 2015. The trend continued last year, with the five groups combining to shift 45.7 million units, 5.1% down on the previous year.

A few notes here: 2015 data had Harlequin Mills & Boon stripped out from HarperCollins’ (HC) total, as it acq...

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