““2011 will clearly be the year of the e-book. Bloomsbury’s founder & chief executive Nigel Newton.
“ I expect e-books to be the fastest-growing segment that publishing has ever seen. “ Brian Murray, CEO of Harper Collins“ The e-book sector’s performance in 2010 clearly shows that digital publishing is growing at an impressive rate in “ whichever part of the sector you choose to look. Richard Mollett CEO of the Publishers Association
Perhaps more impressive is the growth of the US market, as reported by theAssociation of American Publishers (AAP). Over the whole 12 months of2010, the AAP counted $441.3m in e-book sales for publishers in the US,meaning a year-on-year increase of 277 percent from $116.9 million in 2009.The graph above gives a month by month breakdown of this rapid increasein US e-book sales.The most noticeable growth period occurred at the turn of 2011, an upturnthat is also reflected by figures given by a number of publishers anddistributors. Bloomsbury recently announced January to March 2011 saleswere £1.1m, compared to £1.5 million in the whole of 2010. Amazon has alsoachieved massive growth this year, reporting that for every 100 print bookssold on Amazon.com since April 1st 2011, 105 Kindle e-books have beenpurchased.These are amazing sales figures for the e-book, suggesting 2011 may be a yearof exponential growth exceeding even the most ambitious of estimates. 4
“ Publishers need to take digital seriously, they must make it the new default for publishing, preparing for a day in which physical book publishing is an adjunct activity that supports “ the digital publishing business. James McQuivey, Forrester Research
“Technology is putting e-reading devices into consumers’ hands; “we are starting to see the rapid growth of digital sales. Richard Mollett CEO, The Publishers Association
“We think there’ll continue to be a niche for purpose-built e-readers “but that niche is getting smaller and smaller as it gets less and lessexpensive to buy a multifunctional device, Susan Kevorkian, IDC Analyst
“ The UK e-book market has lagged approximately two years behind the US, but this gap is shrinking as global “ e-book sales grow exponentially. Richard Charkin, Executive Director Bloomsbury
• Penguin announced their sales had doubled in the first three month of 2011 when compared year on year to 2010.• 5% of Hachette UK’s trade sales in the first quarter of 2011 were e-books• The Random House Group has exceeded 2 million e-book sales in 2011, meaning sales have increased 10 fold year-on-year.• UK Kindle titles outsell hardbacks at a rate of more than 2 to 1 in the Amazon store.
E-books Have Stimulated the Rise of the Self-PublisherThe e-book revolution has not only changed the way people read books,it has also had an enormous bearing on how content is published.In the past, traditional print publishing houses have dominated sales anddistribution of titles. Generally it was assumed that these companies held the keyto the success or failure of a written book. This dynamic however, has been upsetgreatly by a growing number of writers who bypass these publishing houses andsubmit their work to e-bookstores, thus eliminating the high infrastructure costs ofa print product. “ There are dozens of “indie” authors who are selling thousands of e-books a month without a print version. “ Simon Owens, thenextweb.com One of the main advantages for self- publishers going digital is the high profit margins when compared to writers going through publishing houses. In most instances print authors will only see 10-20 percent of the cover price, whereas self-publishers can expect to receive much higher margins - 70 percent when selling on the Kindle or iBookstore (with the one exception being that they only receive a 30 percent margin on all 99c / 99p Kindle sales). 11
“If [publishers] wanted my three-book vampire series, a quarterof a million dollars wouldn’t even do it, because I can make more “than that in a year on those three books. Tina Folsom, Self-published author
“E-book adoption will vary widely by “ demographic and genre, Benedict Evans, analyst at Enders
“More and more, reading is taking on a bigger definition. It’sexpanding in terms of content - not just books, but newspapersand magazines. It implies the need for colour, graphics, and other “forms of media. Allen Weiner, VP of research at Gartner
“ The promise of having another platform where books can be discovered is still true today. The potential [of the “ iBookstore] is enormous. Brian Murray, CEO of HarperCollins Publishers