eBooks Now a Quarter of US Trade Publishers’ Sales


eBook Sales BoomingeBooks accounted for almost a quarter of all US publishers’ sales in 2012

The exact figure was 22.55% according to a Mashable article summarizing the recent StatShot study by the Association of American Publishers.

The article paints a pretty sunny picture for the book business, saying:

Total industry revenues increased 6.2% to $7.1 billion, of which $1.54 billion came from ebooks. Net revenue from adult fiction/non-fiction and children’s/young adult books rose as well — though revenue in the third category, religious presses, did not.

It wasn’t just ebooks that sold well. Downloadable audiobooks and paperbacks also saw year-over-year increases, as did hardcover copies of books in the children’s/young adult category.

And we should also keep in mind that these are just the figures for the traditional publishing industry. Add in eBook sales for self-published authors and it’s clear that the eBook boom is still… booming. As if you needed proof!

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[eReader image from Shutterstock.]

Chris Robley
Chris Robley is an award-winning poet, songwriter, performer, and music producer who now lives in Portland, Maine after more than a decade in Portland, Oregon. His music has been praised by NPR, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.” Robley’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Magma Poetry, and more. He is the 2013 winner of Boulevard's Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers and the 2014 recipient of a Maine Literary Award in the category of "Short Works Poetry."


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