Big Five’s e-book sales stabilise

Big Five’s e-book sales stabilise

This year we are witnessing the maturation of the e-book market. Digital sales growth has, of course, been one of the book trade’s overriding stories of the past few years. The dizzying boom and triple-digit growth of the e-book market abated in 2014, but there was still robust growth: in The Bookseller’s year-end review in January we showed that e-book volume sales for the Big Five groups rose 15.3%.

Figures from the Publishers Association’s Statistics Yearbook 2014, published in May, showed overall invoiced sales of digital content climbed 11.2% in 2014, to £563m. A good proportion of th...

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