The big get bigger: sales growth across formats for UK’s top six

The big get bigger: sales growth across formats for UK’s top six

The top six UK trade publishers recorded a cumulative 15.5% rise in e-book sales in pandemic-hit 2020, shattering their digital sales high point and recording their first group double-digit percentage bump in seven years.

Hachette, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Pan Macmillan, Bloomsbury and Simon & Schuster collectively sold 54.5 million consumer e-books through UK retailers in 2020, up from the 47.2 million the sextet shifted in 2019. Even stripping out Bloomsbury—which joined the panel in 2019—the remaining five publishers’ 53.5 million units would be 8% up on 2018’s 49.6 million ...

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