If you think that reading is dead, then you will be surprised by some new numbers from The Publisher’s Association, which is a group of 120 companies across the UK.
The numbers show that e-book digital sales increased 54 percent in 2011. Of that figure, 13 percent of revenue came from academic and professional titles. This is while total sales of both e-books and traditional books fell by two percent during the year.
It is also important to note that average book prices fell by 1.3 percent during the year. So yes, people are still reading both the new and old classics. It will be interesting to see the 2012 figures, which we won’t have for quite a while. I suspect that this trend will continue.