eBooks Reach 6% of the Dutch Book Market

5936748731_cc62b2ec5e_z[1]With ebook sales both up and down at major US publishers, no one knows exactly what is going on with the US ebook market. The same cannot be said for the Netherlands.

A new report from GfK revealed that the Dutch book market shrank in the second quarter, while the ebook market grew. Sales of paper book were down 15.5% from the same quarter last year, reaching 7.9 million units, and market value also dropping 11.5%, to 106.1 million euros. Continue reading

Author Earnings Report Confirms What We Had Long Suspected: $10 eBooks do Earn More than $15 eBooks

daily-dollar-sales-by-price-point[1]When Amazon released their latest statement in their contract dispute with Hachette a couple days ago, one point they raised was that $9.99 ebooks sold more copies than $14.99 (1.74 times as many, in fact). This tied in with basic market economic theory, and it also fits with past data from Smashwords.

And now I can report that the data used for the Author Earnings Report shows similar sales and pricing trends. Late Wednesday night Data Guy, the numbers person behind the AE Report, left a comment over on The Passive Voice with details. Continue reading

New Estimates Put UK eBook Sales up 10% in the First Four Months of the Year

7970059980_f6418a9052_c[1]The UK Publishers Association revealed today that growth in ebook sales in the UK market outpaced the US market in the first part of 2014.

According to the Digital Sales Monitor April 2014, digital sales (including both ebooks and audiobooks) reached £132.5 million in the January-April period, up 10.5% from £119.9 million in the same period in 2013. The PA reports that digital sales represented 16% of total book sales, or about four times what they were 5 years ago. Continue reading

US Digital Comics Sales Reached $90 Million in 2013

8015843393_6701ed8039_c[1]The AAP may have reported that the trade ebook market remained flat in 2013, but the digital comics market still saw modest growth.

New estimates from ICV2 and Comichron, two comics industry trade news and data sources, show that the North American comic book market was worth $870 million in 2013. According to PW: Continue reading

New Report Shows US Trade Publishing Industry Revenues Dropped 1% in 2013

aapThe American Association of Publishers announced today that their latest annual BookStats report, which was produced in partnership with the BISG, is now for sale.

Like the 2012 report (released in May 2013), I don’t have the report but I do have the press release, and between this press release and other AAP data I have put together a few useful details, including: Continue reading

Self-Published eBooks Accounted for Half of the Growth of the UK eBook Market in 2013

3870644299_b8d93f0b10_b[1]What’s bigger than a bread box but smaller than your average Hollywood starlet’s wedding? The self-pub share of the UK ebook market, that’s what.

Neilsen Book revealed earlier this week that sales of self-published ebooks in the UK grew by 79% in 2013, reaching an estimated 18 million units sold and totaling around £59 million. Continue reading