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BizReport : Internet : May 03, 2011

Rapid increase in sales of digital books in UK

New figures published by the UK's Publisher Association show that sales of digital books increased rapidly in 2010.

by Helen Leggatt

The Publishers Association's Statistics Yearbook 2010 shows that total book sales in the UK totaled $5.1 billion in 2010.

But how are digital books faring?

General title ebooks and audio book downloads quadrupled in 2010, according to the new report, rising from $6.7 million to $26.3 million. The availability and popularity of e-reading technology has, no doubt, driven the market for digital books.

However, the digital publishing marketing still represents a fraction of all book sales at 6%, or $297 million.

Digital sales from the academic and professional category showed the highest growth rate with sales doubling in the last three years. In 2010, academic and professional accounted for nearly three-quarters (72%) of all digital sales.

"The innovation in the digital marketplace and the strength of British publishers' export performance is only possible because of the robust and flexible copyright framework which underpins the UK creative industries," said Richard Mollet, chief executive of the Publishers Association.

"Copyright ensures that authors, writers and researchers get rewarded for their talent and expertise, and that the publishers who support them see a return on their investment - particularly in their digital infrastructure."

Tags: book sales, digital publising, e-reading, ebook, Kindle.

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