McCabe: 'e-books plateauing because print more attractive'

McCabe: 'e-books plateauing because print more attractive'

E-books sales are plateauing because customers find print books more attractive, booksellers were told at the Booksellers Association annual conference yesterday (22nd September).

The book sector’s transition to digital came late, in 2011, but the peak is already flattening out, Douglas McCabe, an analyst with Enders, told delegates at the Warwick University conference.

In 2013, e-books accounted for 20% of the market, but in 2014, they will only make up 23% and by 2016, this will only have risen to 26%, according to McCabe. This is because the e-book “isn't as attractive as the phy...

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