US E-Book Sales Decline 13.9% in 2016 [But Print Sees Growth]

by Michael Kozlowski at Good e-Reader

Over the course of 2016 overall publisher revenue was $14.3 billion, down 6.6% from 2015. One of the key trends from last year was that reading preferences continue to shift. Print books saw growth, and for the second consecutive year publisher revenues from eBook sales declined and downloaded audio grew.

Publishers’ book sales for trade (consumer) books from Jan. to Dec. 2016 were flat -0.2% at $7.1 billion. While Religious Presses and Children’s & Young Adult Books (Childrens/YA) saw growth in 2016, the Adult Books category (which comprises more than 65% of all revenue for trade books) saw a 2.3% decline.

Overall publisher revenue for 2016 was $14.3 billion, down 6.6% from 2015. These numbers include sales for all tracked categories (Trade – fiction/non-fiction/religious, PreK-12 Instructional Materials, Higher Education Course Materials, Professional Publishing, and University Presses).

 

Check out the full article by Michael Kozlowski at Good e-Reader.

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “US E-Book Sales Decline 13.9% in 2016 [But Print Sees Growth]”

  1. There are so many hoops you have to jump through just to down load your book after paying for it, it is almost enough to make you think about buying paperback again. You have to have an Adobe license then you have to go into Adobe, then go into Adobe down loads, copy and move to your reader….
    I live 75 miles away from the nearest city with a book store so E books were a great thing allows me to down load and read new books with out waiting for them to be delivered or driving to town.
    Apple and Nook both lock your books up in their cloud service and you can’t move them from your computer to your E reader and back

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