The E-book Industry: A Complete Picture

PubTrack Digital, part of the NPD book group, recently released a report on the e-book industry, tracking sales from about 450 publishers. Here’s a brief summary of the findings:

  • Traditional publishing e-book unit sales fell 10% in 2017. Down from 180 million units in 2016 to 162 million last year
  • E-books accounted for 19% of total units (both print and digital) last year, down from 21% in 2016
  • Adult fiction remained the most popular e-book category, with The Handmaid’s Tale being the top selling e-book
  • The steepest decline in e-book sales last year was in the children’s category, where sales fell 22%

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Flash to HTML: What to Expect

There are officially more mobile internet users in the world compared to desktop internet users. As of August 2017, 3.5 billion people access the internet, globally, via their smartphones. Internet usage on mobile devices (per day) has increased from 0.4 hours to 2.8 hours between 2010 and 2015. As of February 2017, mobile devices accounted for 49.74 percent of web page views worldwide. According to Ambient Insight, the percentage of people using mobile devices for learning is 74%. Continue reading “Flash to HTML: What to Expect”

Reading Habits in The Digital Age

Reading Habits in The Digital Age

People today have an enormous variety of content available to them in a number of formats all through the click of a button. The Pew Research Center survey finds that 73% of Americans have read a book in any format – print, e-book or audiobook – in the last 12 months, and this statistic has remained largely unchanged since 2012. However, when people reach for a book, it is much more likely to be a traditional print book than a digital product. Continue reading “Reading Habits in The Digital Age”

Despite What You Heard, E-books Never Stopped Growing

Readers today have an enormous variety of content available to them at any time of the day, and this material is available in a number of formats and through a range of digitally connected devices. For authors, selling an e-book to a reader in a different country is just as easy as selling to a reader in your home country; all with just a click of a button. The global ebook marketplace is a seamlessly international one. Print bookselling, however, remains artificially silo’d by country even today, for variety of logistical, legal and even historical reasons. Continue reading “Despite What You Heard, E-books Never Stopped Growing”

Looking Beyond Flash and Migrating to HTML5

In early 2015, YouTube engineer Richard Leider said that – “YouTube has dumped Flash in favour of HTML5 for its default web player.” This was an important announcement and in many ways the final nail in the coffin for Adobe’s much-loved Flash Player. In 1996, Flash Player was introduced by Macromedia as a tool to play videos, animation and audio-files. Flash Player grew in popularity and soon became the de-facto plug-in to play multimedia elements on websites. The growth of eLearning and the increasing use of videos in eLearning course-content also saw designers using Flash Player with greater frequency. Continue reading “Looking Beyond Flash and Migrating to HTML5”