E-book sales bounce back for Big Five in 2017

E-book sales bounce back for Big Five in 2017

The print market in 2017 has been described as “meh”—solid but unspectacular—and the digital market seemed to follow a similar trajectory last year. Like print, which increased in value by 0.1% year on year and therefore can claim to have spent a third consecutive year in growth, the combined digital volume of the Big Five publishers stood at 46.2 million units in 2017, up 1.2% against 2016. It ended a three-year run of decline for the sector.

Every single one of The Bookseller’s 2017 Monthly E-Book Ranking number ones came from Penguin Random House, yet the publisher declined year on year...

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