The figures saw a growth for educational/professional titles (up 9% to £45m), but sales of consumer titles level (at £81m).
According to the report, in the consumer sector, a 5% value increase for fiction contrasted with a 7% drop in digital sales of adult non‐fiction, and a 24% decrease for children’s titles. The increase in digital sales of educational/professional titles reflected double digit increases in the school and STM sectors, and single digit growth for social sciences/humanities and ELT.
Note that digital book products are defined here as including e‐books, audiobook downloads, downloads of all/part of books, subscriptions/access to online book publications, and any other wholly digital material delivered online or via CD‐Rom.
January‐April 2015 over 2014 saw a 1% decrease in the invoiced value of reported sales of consumer ebooks, which fell from £79m to £78m. In contrast, the reported value of consumer audiobook downloads rose by 21% to £3m.
Outside the consumer market, the reported value of ebook sales rose 5% to £21m, while the value of online subscriptions/access increased by 11% to 17m. An additional £6m worth of educational/professional revenue came from digital sales in other or unspecified formats.
The UK Publishers Association (PA) has been running the PA Sales Monitor (PASM) since 2000, collecting data on UK publisher sales of books from distributors and large publishers, on a monthly or quarterly basis, to allow it to measure the performance of the industry over time.
In total, data from companies estimated to represent c65% of total UK publisher digital sales are included in the analysis. It should be emphasised that the data provided in this document show patterns and trends in sales only for participating companies. Data collected, analysed & compiled by Nielsen Book Research.