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.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.