I'm not writing about the stats mentioned in the press release for the simple fact that I don't believe that I can do a decent post on it. While some of the details are interesting, as a whole the press release less resembles useful information than it does a sparse conglomeration of vaguely related stats about the UK book market.
None of the details are in context. While the release mentions that digital sales made up 8% of sales, they don't mention how much that is. And even though it says that "consumer ebook sales are now equivalent to 6% of consumer physical book sales by value", it's not clear whether the 6% is inclusive or additive, nor is any monetary figure mentioned.
Sure, I could fake up a post using the press release, but it wouldn't be much different from all the other stories. I would be quite literally rewriting the press release. I will confess to having done that before, but in those cases I at least tried to write a post which said something different from all the rest. That cannot be done with this press release because there simply isn't enough info included. I would have to use all the details that everyone else used just to achieve a post that I would describe as adequate.
If you want to see a story written from this press release, check out The Bookseller. They did a good job - so much so that I don't see a need to repeat it.
P.S. I do not mean to single out the PA for sending out a useless press release. It's actually fairly common; the PA simply had the bad luck to send it to me shortly after I got crappy press releases from BISG and other organizations.