May 16, 2022

Statistics: U.S. E-Book Sales Down 6% in 2014 According to PubTrack Digital/Nielsen

From The Bookseller:

E-book sales in the US declined by 6% in 2014 compared to the year before, statistics released by Nielsen show.

Information presented at BookExpo America and derived from PubTrack Digital, which collects e-book sales data from more than 30 of the largest publishers in the US, showed that in 2014 just under 223 million e-books were sold in America, down from almost 240 million units in 2013. E-books made up 26% of all book sales in 2014, down from 28% in 2013.


Teenagers still prefer print books, with 24% telling Nielsen Children’s Deep Dive research in autumn 2014 that they strongly prefer print books”, which 30% saying that “generally prefer print books but are open to e-books”.

Of the people who have bought books in the last six months, Nielsen said 49% had bought both physical and digital books, while just 9% bought e-books only.

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See Also: Of course, Other Numbers Have 2014 Sales Up

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