In the UK “Online Book Shopping Overtakes In-Store For First Time”
From The Bookseller:
Print book sales showed “continuing resilience” in 2014, with overall spending on print and digital titles increasing across the year. Meanwhile, online book buying overtook in-store book buying for the first time last year.
In 2014, sales of print and e-books stood at £2.2bn, up 4% from the previous year. The data was revealed today (25th March) at Nielsen Book’s annual conference, BookInsights.
Overall, e-books accounted for 30% of book units purchased in 2014, with the fastest growth coming in non-fiction and children’s categories. However, digital migration in those categories still remains limited, while there were signs that migration in categories such as romance and fantasy was slowing. Altogether 56% of the 36,000 book buyers in Nielsen Books & Consumers UK Survey owned a tablet by the end of 2014, up from 41% in the previous year, with 25% owning an e-reader.
More About UK 2014 Book Sales in the Full Text Article
See Also: Industry Sales Rose 4.9% in 2014 (U.S.) (March 11, 2015, via Publisher’s Weekly )
See Also: In the U.S. “Online book sales have surpassed brick-and-mortar stores” (via The Daily Dot; July 2, 2014)
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