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