Kobo has not only partnered with American Booksellers in August, but now also with the British Booksellers Association. 3,000 book stores, including 1,000 independents, in the UK and Ireland will carry Kobo’s e-readers in the future and sell e-books directly to Kobo users. Participating stores will receive a commission of every sale.
The total value of digital fiction book sales grew tremendously in Great Britain in the first 6 months of 2012 – up by 188% by value from the same period in 2011. Children’s digital books sales and digital non-fiction sales increased during the same time period as well, by 171% in books and 128% in e-books.
The overall number of digital sales of consumer titles increased from 30 million pounds to 84 million pounds while physical book sales during the same time dropped 0.4% by value, from 985 million pounds to 982 million pounds, and 3.8% by volume, from 260 million to 251 million. For both, books and e-books, the total value of sales increased by 6.1%, resulting in 1.1 billion pounds in sales for the first six months of 2012. Digital sales made up 12.9% of that 1.1 billion total.
Good news: British publishing performs exceptionally despite difficult economic conditions. The key will be for UK booksellers to be able to reach consumers with e-books prior to the all-important holiday shopping season.
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