Wednesday, April 19, 2006

2005 e-Book Sales

Posting a daily blog can sometimes be difficult. Today for instance. I have three different subjects I want to talk about: Fair use as it applies to copyright, what I've learned about the electric grid in this country and now--a new report on 2005 eBook sales.

I think I'm going to have to go with the e-book sales today and save the others for another day.

Publishers Weekly had a small item yesterday morning regarding 2005 e-book sales. It said that the International Digital Publishing Forum [IDPF] reported "e-book sales from 18 companies totaled $11.9 million last year."

I visited the IDPF website (, which describes itself as "the trade and standards association for the digital publishing industry." IDPF reported that the 2005 sales figure represented a 23% increase over 2004. The results were not directly comparable because the list of publishers varies between the two years.

I should probably mention that this is by no means an all-inclusive list. IDPF depends on publishers voluntarily reporting their sales figures. I can name another twelve e-publishers whose names are not on the list.

While the approximately $12 million in sales is not particularly impressive, the 18 publishers who chose to report results for all four quarters in 2005 are. The complete list is: DigitalPulp Publishing; Elib AB; Ellora's Cave Publishers; E-Reads; Fictionwise, Inc.; Hard Shell Word Factory; Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.; HarperCollins; Houghton Mifflin Company; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; McGraw-Hill; Pearson Education; Random House; RosettaBooks LLC; Simon & Schuster; Stonehouse Press; Time Warner Book Group and Zondervan.

It will be interesting to see what the Quarter I results are for 2006. The deadline for submitting that information is May 8.

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