November 27, 2015

Results of 2014 Digital Publishing Survey Published by Bowker and Digital Conversion Labs

From a Bowker News Release:

Publishers are increasingly concerned with quality as they move towards digital productions, according to a new survey on trends in the digital publishing industry. Of the respondents, 84 percent are planning to publish digitally in 2014 (an increase of 21 percent over the prior year), and 52 percent of respondents said quality of digital conversion was the aspect of greatest concern. The survey was jointly conducted by Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL) and Bowker.

“Books in digital formats are continuing to become the norm,” said Laura Dawson, Product Manager at Bowker. “More and more publishers are planning to publish digitally. As a result, quality in conversion has become more important than ever, and cost is no longer as big a factor as it has been in the past. The challenge for publishers now is to ensure that all conversion and content quality is done with the greatest amount of care, especially to meet reader expectations.”


Reader expectations are an important factor driving concerns around conversion quality. Sixty-eight percent of respondents said that quality affects eBook sales, stating that readers want the best quality possible, with 89 percent of respondents seeing quality editing being as important as it is for print. Significantly, respondent plan to publish digitally even print genres that are tradition in print —respondents plan to digitally publish non-fiction (37 percent), fiction (34 percent), technical content (30 percent), and even training information (13 percent).

Direct to Complete Survey Results (4 pages; PDF)

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