The Association of American Publishers garner sales data from 1,207 publishers and they have found e-book sales have decreased 10.3% in the first six months of 2015.
Digital audiobooks were once again the hottest new segment in publishing and overall sales were up 31%. Not only were e-books down but if we look closely at what genres decreased the most, adult eBooks slipped 3.1% and children’s/YA e-book fell a staggering 45.5%.
eBook sales have steady been decreasing every year, which leads most industry experts to agree that the medium is slowly dying. In the first six months of 2012 e-book sales totaled $813.8 million and in 2013 sales decreased to $752 million. Meanwhile in the first six months of 2015, they merely generated $729 million.
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.