Printed books still remain the choice for many readers

Despite an increase in digital sales of 366% last year, printed books remain the choice for the majority of readers.

Consumer ebook sales in the UK increased by 366% last year helping to offset a decline in the market for printed books, according to new official figures.

Drawing its data from information provided by 250 publishers, the Publishers Association's Statistics Yearbook put the value of consumer ebook sales – fiction, non-fiction and children's digital titles – at £92m in 2011. This is a 366% increase on the previous year, the Publishers Association said, and consumer ebooks are now equivalent to 6% of consumer physical book sales by value.

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