Dutch eBook Sales Increased 44% Last Quarter

130517133709.GfK-Growth-from-knowledge.1.resized.200x0[1]The market research firm GfK has released new estimates for the Dutch book market, and ebooks were the one bright spot in a shrinking industry.

The Dutch book market was down 4.5% last quarter when compared to the same period in 2012, and it was down 20% from reported sales in the first quarter of 2010. The fiction segment saw a drop of 3.9%, while sales of informative non-fiction dropped by a mere 3 tenths of a percent.

But in spite of the general drop in sales the report wasn’t entirely bad. Children’s books rose by 1.7% in the first quarter, and leisure non-fiction increased by 3.3%. And sales of ebooks also increased, though they are a negligible part of the market. According to GfK, Dutch ebook sales grew by 45% last quarter. They now make up 3.9% of the overall Dutch book market, with more than 330,000 units sold.

That is a relatively tiny percentage, and not just when compared to the US book market where ebooks are now estimated to make up over 20% of sales. 3.9% is small even compared to the UK book market, where ebooks accounted for an estimated 13% of sales in 2012.

Curiously enough, the Dutch ebook market is growing at about the same rate as the US ebook market, and that raises a question. Has the growth in Dutch ebook sales already slowed down (like in the US) or is it still getting ready to explode?


Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


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