What Happened to Ebook Growth?

bisgIn 2013, ebook market-share growth stalled out.

In years prior it had been a business that was gobbling up market share from print formats but now it seems to have stabilized, according to new data from the Book Industry Study Group (and several other sources before now).

The question going forward for the industry is: Will this continue?

With more people adopting digital devices and a new digital generation coming of age in the next decade, we wouldn’t bet on it. Look for ebook growth to resume at some point. But when?

Read more (charts).


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