Helpful ebooks sales statistics

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Fri Nov 15, 2013 4:39 pm Post

Digital Book World has posted some quite helpful statistics about ebook sales by retailer and by category: ... ook-stats/

Here are the retail sales numbers:

Amazon came in at 67.0%, B&N Nook 11.8% and Apple iBooks at 8.2%. The “Other”section had 12.8%. Although “Other” was not broken out, it probably consists of Kobo, Google, Sony for retail; direct from publishers or perhaps the public library.

And this about what books do or do not do well in digital:

The results are in-line with traditional thinking in that the top ebook categories are Romance/Erotica; Thriller/Mystery; General Fiction; Religious Fiction and YA Fiction. Quick reads and stories have continued to do well in digital.

Of the 14 categories listed. 10 have a stronger preference for digital.

The four categories that have the strongest physical book preference are Cookbooks; Graphic Novels; Travel and How-To Guides. These categories are all still strong on-line but not via traditional ebooks. Many digital content sales are in Cooking (; Graphic Novels (comixology); Travel ( and How-To (YouTube) but not ebooks. All are also options for Apps which is not included in ebook numbers and can be a substitute.

Those who've not yet got into digital might want to look into what Smashwords offers. Send them a properly formatted Word or ePub file and you'll reach every major retailer but Amazon.


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Fri Nov 15, 2013 10:28 pm Post

I would imagine the prevalence of romance and erotica is partly because the e-book copies are pretty cheap, but also because no one can see what you are reading from the cover. Like all that dino-porn that has been put out... has done a couple of pretty good write ups on those ones!

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Sat Nov 16, 2013 2:03 am Post

InklingBooks wrote:... the top ebook categories are Romance/Erotica

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