Agents: Fiction Ebook Sales Above 50%, Nonfiction Half That

According to a panel of agents that spoke with Digital Book World partner and book publishing consultant Mike Shatzkin, sales of ebooks for fiction “more often than not” are more than 50% of total unit sales. For what Shatzkin calls “immersive nonfiction” (that is, nonfiction that is mostly text, not illustrated), ebook unit sales are at about 25% of the total.

It’s illustrated titles that agents told Shatzkin are struggling — with usually under 10% of total unit sales for an illustrated book coming in ebook format.

Further, the agents who Shatzkin spoke with don’t think ebooks are done growing, despite evidence in the marketplace that we’ve hit an inflection point in ebook growth.

Read more at his blog, The Shatzkin Files.


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