EBook sales growth can't stop drop in book sales

EBook sales growth can't stop drop in book sales

EBook sales have more than doubled last year in Flanders. Nevertheless, that growth was unable to offset the general drop in book sales, which have dropped for the third year in a row.

Down nearly 2 %

The Flemish book market has dropped 1.9 % in 2014, to 195.8 million euro. In total, some 15 million books were sold according to boek.be. Fiction and literary non-fiction slumped (- 7.3 %), while comics also fell (- 4.4 %). Luckily, children's book did grow, up 5.1 %.

 

Ebook sales were up 140 %, but only contributed 2.9 % to the total turnover, which is still lower than the Netherlands (5 %). According to boek.be, Flanders is about "a year behind" on their Dutch counterpart when it comes to eBook acceptance.

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