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Big UK publishers ebook sales continue decline

In the UK, ebook sales for the five biggest publishers have declined for the second year in a row, reports the Bookseller.

According to data supplied to the Bookseller, the five publishers sold 45.7 million ebooks, down 5.1% on the previous year. HarperCollins was the sole large publisher to register growth, selling 12.6 million ebooks, an 18.2% jump on 2015. However, 2016 was the first year its sales of Harlequin titles were included after HarperCollins acquired the publisher in 2015.

According to Nielsen BookScan, ebooks made up 43% of HarperCollins total unit sales—the largest share of the five publishers who supplied digital sales to the Bookseller. The publishers with the lowest ebook share were Pan Macmillan (25.8%) and Penguin Random House (19.5%).


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