Publishing Statistics

  • Sales of print books for the first 36 weeks of 2015 rose by 4.6% (worth £739.5m) when compared to the same period in 2014.

  • In the UK, roughly £1.7bn was spent on print books in 2014, compared with £393m on ebooks.

  • As of August 2015, unit sales of adult fiction are up 3%, so far, compared with the similar period in 2014.

  • eBook sales constitute a 30% share of UK book purchases.

  • The average selling price of books has increased from £7.20 in 2014 to £7.48 in 2015. eBook sales are expected to plateau in 2016.

  • At the start of 2015, figures showed that 47% of people read e-book on a Kindle, 8% read e-books on their smart phone, while 38% on their tablet.

  • Out of 1,000 respondents aged 16-24, 64% said they preferred print books, 16% said ebooks, and 20% said they didn’t mind.

  • Global total magazine revenue is expected to reach $97.42bn by 2019 up from $95.33bn in 2014.

  • The BBC is becoming a “monopoly broadcaster” and as such is risking the business of local newspapers.

Sources: The Bookseller, Digital Book World, Nielsen BookScan, Publishers Weekly, BBC, The Times, PwC, The Guardian