The e-book industry in the Netherlands is on the rise and in 2015 they accounted for 6.5% of the entire print industry. The continued growth is inspiring a new generation of companies that are starting to disrupt traditional book selling.
A few times a year, CB Logistics releases an e-book barometer that takes a look at the overall health of the industry. They found in 2015 that consumer spending on e-books decreased by 1% last quarter and they allocated that towards startups such as Elly’s Choice and Bliyoo. These two companies employ the subscription model, where you pay a small monthly fee to read an unlimited number of titles.
Borrowing e-books form the public library is also on the rise and it is quite common for a local branch to have around 500 different e-books to choose from.
E-book subscription websites and libraries are starting to appeal towards many readers, but Amazon and Kobo continue to have the largest presence.