eBook Sales Up 176% in 2009


eBook sales rose 176% to $169.5 million in 2009, according to Publishers Weekly. PW based its report on data collected by the Association of American Publishers, which gathers date from 13 publishers that report their sales to the organization.

“The jump in e-book sales coupled with a slight decline in sales of print trade books increased e-book’s share of trade sales from 1.2% in 2008 to 3.3% in 2009,” writes PW’s Jim Milliot.

This jump in sales in unsurprising, given that 2009 was a year full of eBook developments, from the release of the Kindle 2 to debates of eBook sequencing to the rumors that built up to the iPad’s unveiling.