Friday, 5 September 2014

Do Authors Dream of Electric Books?: Uncomfortable Statistics - Kathleen Jones takes a ...

Do Authors Dream of Electric Books?: Uncomfortable Statistics - Kathleen Jones takes a look at the current state of publishing in the UK.



Some uncomfortable Statistics for traditional publishers - Good news for Indies - The Big 6 are not so big any more.  According to the latest figures for 2013, Penguin Random House came top of the table with a 24% share of the market, but its sales were down £342m (15%).  All the others - Hachette, HarperCollins, Pan MacMillan, Bloomsbury, Simon & Schuster and Pearson were also down.  Their total share of the market was only 59% - down from 70% in 2001.  Is this a sign that their dominance of the book trade is fading?  I think it is.  But they won't go down without a fight, so - more turbulent times ahead.



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