Came across some interesting stats on UK book sales in the latest issue of The Author magazine from the Society of Authors, and thought I’d share a few of them with you:
- Sales of physical books fell 5% in 2013, while sales of digital products rose 19%
- Digital now accounts for 33% of fiction sales and 7% of non-fiction/reference (and 15% of publishers’ total business)
- Paperback sales have fallen 23% since 2008
- The average selling price of a paperback was £5.46 in 2013, compared with £5.83 in 2008
- UK publishers’ total sales have risen 6% since 2009
It’s interesting to me that, despite all the doom and gloom around the publishing industry, overall sales are still rising (albeit very slowly). And although digital sales are rising quickly, they’re still only 15% of the total publishing industry. Old-fashioned print books may seem outdated to some, but they’re still 85% of sales.
What do you think? Do any of these numbers surprise you?