Digital book sales increased for the second time in two years in October 2018. Publishers saw modest revenue growth in eBooks (4.4%), with increases for the format across all trade book categories. Aside from downloaded audio, eBooks had the largest percent of revenue growth for the month, compared to October 2017.
eBook revenue increased in October for Adult Books (3.0%), Childrens/YA Books (17.3%), and Religious Presses (12.0%). However, for the year-to-date (Jan. – Oct.), eBook revenues were down 3.1% from the same period in 2017. Downloaded audio remains the format with the highest percent revenue growth year-to-date (37.7%).
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten 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.