Publishers struggle with an ebook bind

In recent years, the sale of physical books in Australia suggests the publishing industry is in decline. According to Nielsen Bookscan figures, national sales of print books fell 12.6 per cent to $1.078 billion in 2011. This followed a four per cent decline to $1.213 billion in the previous year.

The trend is expected to continue as online book sales rise and self-published ebooks become more common. According to Amazon’s unaudited sales figures in the United Kingdom, for every 100 physical books sold, readers downloaded 114 ebooks.

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