January 27, 2021

Academic Publishing: eBook Sales Increasing at U. of Iowa and U. of Chicago Presses

From The Daily Iowan:

UI Press Director Jim McCoy said the press has approximately 800 books in print, with around 75 percent of those books digitized. Around 5 percent of total book sales is from e-books, he said, whereas two years ago, the sales from e-books were practically nothing.

“I would say that’s a substantial jump,” he said.

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While the e-book market is still largely dominated by Amazon, he said, the UI Press makes quite a few sales through academic research libraries.

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Krista Coulson, digital publishing manager at University of Chicago Press, said almost all of its books are published in both print and electronic versions. E-book sales could make up about 8 percent of sales this year, she said, compared to 5 percent last year and just under 2 percent a few years ago.

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E-book publishers outside universities have had success, too. California-based Smashwords, an e-book publishing and distribution platform for self-publishers, has published more than 100,000 e-books.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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