January 28, 2022

UK Publishers Report Digital Sales Were 12% of Total Revenues in 2012, Up 66% vs. Previous Year

From The Publishers Association:

Digital sales accounted for 12 per cent of UK publishers’ total revenues of £3.3bn [approx. $5.14 billion/USD]  in 2012 , according to the Publishers Association (PA) Statistics Yearbook.

Publishers’ total sales revenues – physical and digital – rose 4%. Total digital sales rose 66 per cent, to £411m, and total fiction digital sales rose 149 per cent, to £172m.

The PA Yearbook 2012 also recorded an increase of 4 per cent in home physical sales of children’s books (£233m), and an increase of 6 per cent in home physical sales of school books (£172m). Total physical sales of fiction books were also up, by 3 per cent, to £502m. Physical and digital sales of fiction books were up by 21 per cent to £674m, and digital sales of non-fiction/reference books were up 95 per cent, to £42m.

About Gary Price

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.