E-Books in the Global Marketplace

Last November, I attended an interesting webinar co-hosted by BISG and DBW, called E-Books in the Global Marketplace. Though this post is a little late, the information is still relevant, and I think it’s worth sharing some of the findings.

First, here’s one view of the number of e-books bought around the world, as well as how many people in different countries have Internet access and buy e-books:

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Also, there is a chance that people will download an e-book illegally, but this is not the worst thing that could happen. (See Cory Doctorow’s “How Writers Lose When ‘Piracy’ Gets Harder.”)

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Lastly, and what most people already know, is a list of the main distributors of e-books. Of course, they are not the only distributors, and there are a lot of great digital publishing related startups out there that can help authors increase sales. For example, my subscription startup Write or Read, which will be launching a public beta in a couple months, will give authors metrics and insights into their books, such as basic demographics of their readers, what percentages of their books are read, and how quickly people read their books. So, something to think about *wink.

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2 Replies to “E-Books in the Global Marketplace”

  1. Thanks for the great post, it’s exciting to see the growth of e-books on a global scale when it is such a “new” market. Hopefully the trend continues to rise, as I believe it is a way for many under privilaged people to aqiure and read books. Those of us that live out in the sticks and don’t have many options as for purchasing books now have an easy and affordable way to get them.

    1. I agree! I love how convenient it is to get an e-book, and I hope in the future it becomes the norm for an e-book to have worldwide territory rights, so that anyone anywhere could buy it. I think it’s heading that way, but I’m a lot more familiar with self-published books and small book publishers.

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