Remarkable Digital Book Growth in 2010

The Publishers Association annual report of 2010, released today, reveals accelerated growth in sales of ebooks across the UK. Total consumer digital sales (including consumer ebooks, downloads and audiobooks) increased by 318% since 2009 from £4m to £16m. Richard Mollet, Chief Executive of The Publishers Association, said “Academic and professional publishing, which embraced digital platforms over a decade ago, continues to lead the field. But now that technology is putting e-reading devices into consumers’ hands, we are starting to see the rapid growth of digital sales in this area too, as consumer publishers develop digital formats to reach wider audiences.”