From a BML/ProQuest News Release:

E-book sales are rising to offset a decline in physical book purchases, but only in volume. With the lower price points of e-books versus their print counterparts, the value of book sales is shrinking.”

“The Books & Consumers survey shows that in the 48 weeks ending 27th November 2011, compared to the same period the previous year, British consumers’ purchases of physical books declined by 4%, with value down some 6%. However, with e-book purchases included, the total consumer book market grew very slightly in volume terms, up 0.4%, with a market value drop of 3% overall.

“The survey also looks at how the e-book industry fares by genre. The adult fiction market saw spectacular e-book growth in 2011, up from 2.8% of purchases in the four weeks ending 26th December 2010 to 12.5% in the four weeks to 27th November 2011. But again, as e-books are being bought for lower prices, they accounted for only 7.1% of adult fiction spending in the latest period.


Prices for e-books are climbing slightly, but are still significantly  less than print books. The latest average price for a fiction e-book rose to £3.39, while fiction paperbacks averaged £4.96 and fiction hardbacks averaged more than £7.08.

Older buyers – 60-79 year olds – are outpacing their younger counterparts in the purchase of e-books. They now account for just over a quarter of the e-book market in value terms.

Read the Complete News Release

(Via INFOdocket )


  1. It would be really interesting to know which sector of the book industry is getting more money and which is getting less money. Alas, I doubt if such information is or ever will be available, unless someone will do a doctoral thesis on the ‘eBook revolution’ 30 years from now.

    My guess is that it is the physical bricks-and-mortar book retailers and printing press companies that are seeing reduced income. I think that everyone else, including established/traditional publishing companies will have seen their income increase, or at worst remain the same.

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