U.S. eBook Sales to Surpass Printed Book Sales in 2017
The U.S. eBook market will surpass the printed book market in 2017. That's according to a projection by PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers), who published its annual "Entertainment & Media Outlook" this week.
PwC estimates that trade eBooks (excluding educational publications) will reach $8.2 billion in sales by 2017 to surpass printed book sales, which are expected to fall from $11.9 billion in 2012 to $7.9 billion in 2017. Overall book sales are expected to stay below their 2008 level, as eBook sales fail to fully offset the decline in printed book sales.
Does this mean we are reading less? Probably not! Even if book sales remained unchanged in terms of units, the shift to eBooks would lead to a decline in dollar sales, as the average selling price for eBooks is lower than it is for printed books.
- Revenue from e-book sales in the United States from 2008 to 2018 (in billion U.S. dollars)
E-book sales revenue in the U.S. 2008-2018
- Net revenue of the book publishing industry in the United States from 2008 to 2013 (in billion U.S. dollars)
Revenue of the U.S. book publishing industry 2008-2013
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- E-book sales revenue in the U.S. 2008-2013E-book sales revenue in the U.S. 2008-2013
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