According to a story on All Things D, eBook sales are absolutely booming. Sales of “trade” eBooks (everything except educational and professional texts) are up 100% from last year— and even so, print books still accounted for 85% of the publishing industry’s sales.
The article (“eBooks are Booming, And Still Sort Of Small“) claims this growth in eBook sales “helped keep the publishing business more or less flat in 2011, even as print sales dropped off. Net publisher revenue for trade books increased 0.5 percent, to $13.97 billion, with e-books accounting for $2.1 billion of that. Meanwhile, overall net revenue dropped 2.5 percent, to $27.2 billion.”
Whether or not the eBook boom is good news for “the industry” is a separate discussion. It IS, obviously, great news for eBook authors like you. The number of people who purchase digital books is increasing each year, and there’s still huge room for growth. Some of those people are going to be YOUR readers!