The headline numbers for the Publishers Association's annual assessment of the UK books marketplace are startling: consumer e-book sales increased by 366% in 2011, amounting to £92m, with consumer e-book sales now equivalent to 6% of the overall consumer book market.
It is the fourth year of treble digit digital growth, while print continues its steady decline. As the PA's Richard Mollet makes clear: “Across fiction, non-fiction, children’s and academic books, the story of the year is a decline in physical sales almost being compensated for by a strong performance in digital."
To really understand the statistics we have to unpick them, however ...
Via Carisa Kluver