Dutch publishers sold 2.24 million e-books in 2014




Sales of e-books in the Netherlands grew in 2014 by 17 percent compared to the previous year. The share of e-books of total book sales is 5 percent. Approximately 1.4 million Dutch would currently have an e-reader.

Throughout 2014, the sale of e-books was 17 percent higher than the previous year and in the fourth quarter of 2014 were 22 percent more e-books on the digital counter than the end of 2013. A total of 2.24 million in 2014 e -books sold. In 2013, there were 1.91 million. This is evident from figures from CB, formerly Central Book House, which provides digital distribution for publishers.

Despite the growth of e-books take the total sales a modest share of 5 percent. If attention is restricted to Internet sales, e-books take 26.4 percent of sales on their behalf. Also borrowing e-books at the library is on the rise. In the first quarter of 2014 was more than 119,000 loans in the fourth quarter of 2014, the number of loans had risen to 334,000.

Dutch purchased a total of 1.4 million e-readers, 300,000 more than three quarters ago. The number of tablets in the same period grew much more: from 5 million to 7.9 million. CB publishes these figures, based on GfK. Previous quarters no exact figures are known.


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