E-books - Statistics & Facts
Statistics and facts about E-books
Technology and mobility have influenced every step of consumer’s life, including the way they read books. Book readers have started to change their reading habits, opting for different types of formats of books, such as e-books. An e-book, also known as an electronic or digital book, is a digitally released version of a book, often consisting of text and images and available on electronic devices, such as specifically designed e-book readers. This shift in media consumption habits has a direct impact in the book industry. The e-book industry is here to stay, showing healthy projections. By 2018, e-book sales are forecast to account for about a quarter of global book sales. Consumer e-books alone are projected to generate nearly 20 billion U.S. dollars in revenue by 2018.
E-books have found their place in the hearts of American bookworms – 13 percent of book readers in the U.S. stated they read more e-books than hard copy books, and 15 percent read about the same number of hard copy books and e-books. In 2016, about 73 percent American book consumers stated they read books in any format, and about 30 percent stated reading at least one e-book in the past year. This consumption also has a positive reflection on revenue generation. Between 2013 and 2018, revenue from e-book sales in the U.S. is forecast to nearly double. Daily sales of e-books of online retailer Amazon in the U.S. alone stood at more than 517.5 thousand units as of January 2016, with e-books published by independent publishers accounting for the largest share of this total. Popular e-readers among U.S. publishers and authors include Amazon’s Kindle, Apple’s iPad, Barnes & Noble’s Nook, and Kobo, an e-reader produced by Canadian company Kobo Inc.
Libraries also try to cater to readers’ needs. Overall, 94 percent of U.S. public libraries offer e-books, a significant increase in comparison to the 2010 figure, when only 72 percent of the public libraries in the U.S. had e-books available. About 18 percent of the U.S. public libraries had access to 1,000 to 4,999 e-books; the median number of e-books accessed amounted to approximately 14.4 thousand. From these e-books available in public libraries in the U.S., about 74 percent of them are fiction publications, and about 26 percent are non-fictions.
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|E-books sold in 2015||204m||Details →|
|Trade e-book sales revenue in the U.S.||1.4bn USD||Details →|
|Largest self-publishing company in the U.S.||Smashwords||Details →|
|E-book consumption as share of total book consumption||28%||Details →|
|Preferred method of acquiring e-books||Purchase from online retailer||Details →|
|Preferred e-book marketplace among women||Amazon||Details →|
|Number of illegal e-book downloaders||16,500,000||Details →|
|Total loss of sales due to illegal downloading||315m USD||Details →|
|Most popular site for downloading illegal e-books||4shared.com||Details →|
|Share of libraries that offer e-books||94%||Details →|
|Share of school libraries that offer e-books||56%||Details →|
|Share of libraries that spent $30,000 or more on e-books||25%||Details →|
- E-book unit sales in the U.S. 2016E-book unit sales in the U.S. 2016
Best-selling e-books in the United States in 2016, by unit sales (in thousands)
- E-book readers in the U.S. 2016, by ageE-book readers in the U.S. 2016, by age
E-book readers in the United States in 2016, by age
- Book consumption in the U.S. 2016, by book format+Book consumption in the U.S. 2016, by book format
Book consumption in the United States in 2016, by book format
- Favorite e-book genres in the U.S. 2016+Favorite e-book genres in the U.S. 2016
Preferred e-book genres in the United States as of September 2016
- E-book purchasing source in the U.S. 2017+E-book purchasing source in the U.S. 2017
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