01 May 2012
The Bookseller, Charlotte Williams
Consumer e-book sales increased by 366% to £92m in 2011, with sales across all digital formats accounting for 8% of the value of sales of all books, according to the Publishers Association's Statistics Yearbook 2011, published today (1st May).
PA chief executive Richard Mollet said the "story of the year is a decline in physical sales almost being compensated for by a strong performance in digital", with the combined sales of digital and physical books decreasing by 2% in 2011 to £3.2bn, according to PA data. Consumer e-book sales are equivalent to 6% of consumer physical book sales by value, with overall digital sales growing by 54% to a value of £243m, the Yearbook states.
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