The Publisher’s Association has released new data on the eBook market in the UK.
Sale of academic and professional eBooks increased by 29% in 2010, and they still account for more than 70% of the digital market. eBook sales to consumers hit £16m in the UK in 2010, which is up from the £4m in sales in 2009. That’s only a drop in the bucket, though. Total digital sales only increased by 38% over 2009.
Digital content now accounts for 6% of the UK book market, with around £180m in sales.
Richard Mollet, Chief Executive of The Publishers Association, says: “Academic and professional publishing, which embraced digital platforms over a decade ago, continues to lead the field. But now that technology is putting e-reading devices into consumers’ hands, we are starting to see the rapid growth of digital sales in this area too, as consumer publishers develop digital formats to reach wider audiences.”
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