CB Logistics is the main distributor for Dutch-language books in the Netherlands and Belgium, and count Kobo, bol.com, and Google Play Books among their customers. According to their records ebooks accounted for 4.7% of book sales over the past 12 months. eBooks also accounted for 26% of the books sold online, suggesting that somewhere around 83% (ish) of the book sales tracked by CB Logistics happen offline. That's a far smaller number than in the US market.
Do you know what else differs from the US market? DRM. Virtually all of the ebooks distributed by CB Logistics come with minimal DRM. Only 2% of the 33,244 titles in the catalog are encumbered by Adobe DE DRM, while 96% use digital watermarks and 2% use no DRM of any kind.
So where is Amazon in all this? Well, they have been rumored to be sniffing around this market for some time now - years, in fact - but all we know for sure at the moment is that they are looking to hire a translator to localize the Kindle apps for Dutch.
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