E-books on the rise
E-books bigger than hardbacks in the US
In the US, e-books are now selling better than hardcovers, according to Swedish trade organisation Svensk bokhandel. The numbers derive from a survey made by the Association of American Publishers.
For the first time, the sale of e-books have surpassed that of hardcovers in the US, at least when it comes to adult fiction. Where children’s and adolescent literature is concerned, the hardback versions are still selling the most.
The e-book market is not only growing in the US, however. In India, Australia and Britain there are also many e-book readers, according to the Monday Note newsletter.
Since publishers in Sweden do not specifically report their e-book sales numbers, there are no accounts of exactly how large the sales are here.
But in the report ”Läsarnas marknad, marknadens läsare” (The readers' market, the market's readers, SOU 2012:10) the Ministry of Culture has studied numbers from the leading e-book distributor, Elib, and finds that the turnover in e-books has increased by 75 per cent in two years.
It still only a question of ca. 5000 titles a year (2011), though, just a fraction of the total book sales in Sweden.
Translation: Lisa Hartzell