In Spain, Preliminary Data Suggests eBook Sales Reached Double Digits in 2016

eBooks make up a significant share of trade book sales in the US, UK, and other English-speaking countries but things are quite different in Spain.

Dosdoce‘s Javier Celaya revealed at a PubMagNet meeting last month that ebooks are expected to reach a double-digit share of Spain’s book market in 2016. The final data won’t be available until June, but Celaya said that ebook sales should reach 10%, up from around 6% of Spain’s book sales in 2015.

The Spanish book market as a whole is expected to grow by 3 to 3.5% in 2016, compared to 2.8% growth in 2015. Basically, the market is only growing as a result of digital sales,

Basically, the market is only growing as a result of digital sales, and only because publishers started getting sensible about their digital opportunities.

Celaya also pointed out a peculiarity of Spain’s digital book market: many Spanish publishers have reported that more than 60% of their digital sales are made internationally. Half of those international sales are coming from Latin America, with the US market and Europe accounting for 20% and 10%, respectively.

Spanish publishers are discovering what anyone in a niche national market should know; thanks to ebooks, one doesn’t have to be limited to the local. This is just as true in Spain as it is in South Africa.

Publish News Brazil

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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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