Size of publishing Industry

$15 billion industry,  growing 3%-4%yr on an average (2009)

AAP: Estimates Trade eBook Sales in US to be $54M
Japan: $82M eBook trade on cellphonesin 2006 in only five years (The Economist)
Korea: $150M in 2006 from $59M in 2005

Are forecasted to grow from ~$150 M in 2008 to ~ $550M in 2011

E-books saw a 24.1% increase in 2007, with a compound  growth rate of 65 % since 2002.”
– News release from the Association of American Publishers.
• American e-book sales in 2007, up by “12-15 trade publishers,” jumped to $31.7 million or 23.6 % higher than in 2006.

The Association of American Publishers estimates that sales of e-books jumped 68.4 percent in 2008 and further increased to 177 percent to $96.6 million in August 2009.
Looking at the bigger picture, the association noted that e-books account for only 1.5 percent of the $6.8 billion books sales of 2009. However, they don’t discredit the fact that e-books’ growth rate is outpacing hardcover sales.

The Association of American Publishers estimates that sales of e-books jumped 68.4 percent in 2008 and further increased to 177 percent to $96.6 million in August 2009.
Looking at the bigger picture, the association noted that e-books account for only 1.5 percent of the $6.8 billion books sales of 2009. However, they don’t discredit the fact that e-books’ growth rate is outpacing hardcover sales.

http://www.publishingtrends.com/2008/10/second-annual-industry-survey/

Estimated U.S. consumer e-book purchases in 2010: 6 million

Estimated U.S. consumer e-book purchases in 2009: 3 million

Number of downloads of public library e-books and other virtual library content in 2009: 19 million

Number of downloads 2003-2008: 10 million

Increase in new users in 2009 from 2008: 36 percent

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  1. Stats from Franklin Electronic Publishers

    PDA market: 30-40 million units today
    Dedicated dictionary devices(e.g Franklin devices)
    : 1 million /year
    Smartphones: Nokia sold 2 MillionsNokia
    Smartphone6600 during last 6 months. Extremely
    fast growing market.
    3 main incompatible Operating Systems: PalmOs
    (55%), PocketPC(35%), Symbian(20%)
    Smart Phones are the most promising mobile
    platform for electronic reading

  2. Number of downloadable eBooks sold in 2003: 1,336,626**
    Total revenues for downloadable eBooks in 2003: $7,343,886
    (stats from OverDrive)

  3. The Audio Publisher Association estimates the total Audio Book market in 2004 was $800 Million
    Includes sales at retail ($600M), to libraries ($150M); clubs ($20M); downloads ($30M)
    Audiobook market has grown at 10% per annum for the past 10 years
    In 2004, an estimated 8.6% of the music sales came from legal and illegal downloads
    In 2009, Forrester estimates 33% of music sales will come from downloads
    If Audio Books follow the same adoption curve, the download Audio Book market will be $380 Million in 2009

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