Sales of e-Books

The story with the growth in e-book readers was somewhat different from the story with tablet computers. Ownership of e-readers among women grew more than among men. Those with more education and higher incomes also lead the pack when it comes to e-book ownership, but the gap between them and others isn’t as dramatic. For instance, 19% of those in households earning $30,000- $50,000 have e-book readers. They are 12 percentage points behind those in households earning $75,000 or more in e-book reader ownership. The gap between those income levels on tablet ownership is 20 percentage points.

Source: The Dec. 2011 and Jan. 2012 results shown here are from three new surveys by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project .The Dec. 2011 results are from a survey of 2,986 people age 16 and older conducted November 16-December 21, 2011. The survey was conducted in English and Spanish and on landline and call phones. The margin of error is +/- 2 percentage points. The Jan. 2012 results are from a combination of two surveys, one conducted January 5-8, 2012 of 1,000 adults age 18 and older and the other conducted January 12-15, 2012 among a sample of 1,008 adults. The overall margin of error in the combined Jan. 2012 dataset is +/- 2.4 percentage points. The January surveys were conducted on landline and cell phones. They were conducted only in English.

Download the full survey here: Pew_Tablets-and-e-readers-double-1.23.2012


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“E-book sales up 188 per cent in first six months of 2012 as children’s digital books grow and sales of physical books fall again.”

“Association of American Publishers report strong growth in year-to-year, year-end book sales
$11.67 billion sales mark +3.6 percent increase in 2010 vs calendar 2009/…/
/…/E-book Sales Continue to Break Records with +164.4 Percent Gains for 2010”

“The Print Book Isn’t Dead
Note that total sales of print books for 2010 was approximately the same as sales for 2009 when sales of e-books are subtracted. This shows that there is still strong demand for physical books.”

“Despite an increase in digital sales of 366% last year, printed books remain the choice for the majority of readers, figures show”

“While e-book purchases continue to expand, US e-book growth has declined considerably, starting in September 2011.”

“I recall at one point last year someone added up all the eBook marketshare claims that were made and it worked out that Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Apple and Google accounted for 130% of the eBook market!” 

“..Nielsen does not have access to any eBook sales data. The reason is that by the very nature of how eBooks are sold publishers receive their eBook sales data instantly and directly.”

“…the biggest eBook retailer (who has over 50% of the eBook market) has a track record of not sharing their data with anyone so any sales data from other eBook retailers would not be a complete reflection of actual eBook sales.”

“One of the great ironies of the e-book era is that while digital data streams and a market concentrated among a small number of retailers should result in an easily measured, fully transparent marketplace, we are left with the opposite, since those retailers have declined to share any data.”

From 2010 – about the e-book market and questions about the future of libraries

From 2012 – about how public libraries in the US are trying to reinvent themselves to cope with their ever decreasing funding

From 2012 – critical article about the unreliability of e-book sales statistics

From 2012 – a detailed article about the vagueness of e-books sales statistics

From 2010 – Statistics on US book sales in all categories

From 2010 – statistics on the growth of the e-book market and related devices (unclear if statistics refer to the US only)

From 2012 – Statistics on increased UK e-book sales in relation to dropping analogue and total book sales

From 2012 – Amazon UK says their e-book sales surpass their other book sales combined, but they don’t release any numbers

From 2012 – UK e-book sales increase 188% over prior year (2011)