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 e-Book Industry Facts:[1]

  • On an annual basis, e-Book sales increased by 164.4% for 2010 vs. 2009 ($441.3M vs. $166.9M.)
  • e-Book sales represented 8.32% of the trade book market in 2010 vs. 3.20% the previous year.

 The digital format, including e-Books and audio books, is now the #1 format among all categories of trade publishing.

  • According to Amazon, customers are downloading Kindle books more than hardcovers and paperbacks combined. The company sells 105 Kindle books for every 100 print books purchased.[2]
  • According to a report by Digital Entertainment Survey, 29% of e-reader owners were prepared to admit e-Book piracy, 36% of tablet owners confessed to piracy and 25% of those who admitted said they would continue to do so.[3]
  • There are approximately 68 specialized e-readers available, the most popular of which are Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes and Noble’s Nook and Sony Reader. Not to mention multifunctional tablets that are also capable of e-reading, most notably Apple’s iPad.
  • There are also numerous formats for e-Books that are supported by different platforms.
    • The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) develops and maintains EPUB as the standard format for reflowable digital books.
    • Amazon’s Kindle uses the MOBI format.
    • PDF is compatible with many platforms although it may not display optimally to all screens since the format is not reflowable.
    • Microsoft supports the LIT format.
    • And  many  others.

 

[1] Facts obtained from the Monthly Sales Report of Association of American Publishers (AAP) [http://www.publishers.org/]

[2] See the article “Consumers Now Buying More Amazon Kindle E-Books Than Print Books” by Chloe Albanesius here: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2385592,00.asp

[3] http://www.broadbandgenie.co.uk/news/20110517-ebooks-could-represent-threat-publishing-industry