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.

Infographic: U.S. eBook Sales to Surpass Printed Book Sales in 2017 | Statista
Related Infographics
  • Mobile Marketing
    Google and Facebook Dominate Booming Mobile Ad Market

    This chart shows global mobile advertising revenues from 2012 to 2014.

  • E-Reader
    eBooks Account for 23% of U.S. Publisher Sales in 2012

    This chart shows eBook sales as a percentage of trade publishers' net revenue in the United States.

  • Digital Music
    The Music Industry is First to Arrive in the Digital Age

    The music industry is two steps ahead of other industries in the ongoing digitization of media distribution. Download and streaming services accounted for almost 60 percent of recorded music revenues in the U.S. in 2012, while other media industries struggle to find a viable strategy for digital distribution.

More info on this topic
You may also be interested in...
Show more

Yes, please send me a daily reminder for the 'Chart of the Day'

Please register for free to receive our daily infographic newsletter.
Download & Reference

More statistics about...
Show more
Who may use the "Chart of the Day"?
The Statista "Chart of the Day", made available under the Creative Commons License CC BY-ND 3.0, may be used and displayed without charge by all commercial and non-commercial websites. Use is, however, only permitted with proper attribution to Statista.

Which topics are covered by the "Chart of the Day"?
The Statista "Chart of the Day" currently focuses on two sectors: "Media and Technology", updated daily and featuring the latest statistics from the media, internet, telecommunications and consumer electronics industries; and "Economy and Society", , which inlcudes current data from the United States and around the world relating to economic and political issues as well as sports and entertainment.

Can Statista create customized charts?
Absolutely! For information on tailor-made and sector-specific Charts of the Day, please contact Felix Richter