In reading the BookEnds blog for Wednesday about recent Nielson numbers, I got to wondering about audiobook and eBook numbers.
I went hunting on the Internet and found two recent articles by Publishers Weekly. The numbers are interesting.
According to an October 2nd article on eBooks:
The AAP (Association of American Publishers) estimates that there were $123 million in eBook sales in 2004. They estimate that eBook sales for 2005 were $179 million.
That's an increase of 44.7%.
Two other bits of information were included in the article:
There are 19,000 free e-Books available through Project Gutenberg. There are two million free e-Books downloaded monthly from Project Gutenberg.
I'll address audiobooks in another post.