Distribution of bookstore and online book purchases in the Netherlands 2015-2019

This statistic shows the responses to the survey question: "Do you usually purchase books online or at a bookstore?". As of June 2019, roughly 35 percent of respondents who sometimes buy books, said they usually buy their books via the Internet.

Do you usually purchase books online or at a bookstore?

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Release date

August 2019



Survey time period

January 2015 to June 2019

Number of respondents


Age group

14 years and older

Special properties

people who buy new books sometimes

Method of interview

Computer-assisted web interviews (CAWI)

Supplementary notes

Original survey question: "Waar koopt u doorgaans het vaakst uw boeken: in een boekwinkel of op het internet?" (English: Where do you usually buy books: at a bookstore or on the Internet?)

The source does not provide any information regarding missing percentage points to 100 percent.

** June 2019 N = 940, January 2019 N = 948, June 2018 N = 936, January 2018 N = 970, June 2017 N = 947, January 2017 N = 951, June 2016 N = 863, January 2016 N = 877, June 2015 N = 918, January 2015 N = 933.

The figures have been taken from several publications.

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