January 21, 2016
In the e-book barometer over the last quarter of 2015 CB published today, a growth in digital reading is seen again. Throughout 2015 there were 38% more transactions (sales and loans) than in 2014. E-book sales did 15% better throughout 2015 than in 2014.
The e-book sales showed a slight decrease, compared to the same quarter in 2014 (-1%). The e-book loans are still rising (+ 26% compared to the fourth quarter of 2014). Besides an increasing number of titles as is available e-book, compared to the previous quarter (+ 2%) and the number of publishing houses which are publishing e-books (+ 10%).
The average retail price of e-books decreased a little further compared to the previous quarter (from 57.7% to 56.7% of average physical price).
Note: The figures for the subscription services are not included in this e-book barometer because the transaction numbers are not easily compare with e-book sales and -loans. The following e-book barometer we'll return to these figures.