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Digital sales now worth 6%, as e-books grow 300% in 2010
The PA estimated that the digital consumer market was now close to £20m, including sales from those publishers not included in the PA yearbook panel.

The digital publishing market is now worth 6% of UK publishers' sales, the Publishers Association has revealed, with consumer digital sales up more than 300% in 2010 to £16m—the third year of treble digit growth, and e-book sales at £13m.

The PA estimated that the digital consumer market was now close to £20m, including sales from those publishers not included in the PA yearbook panel.

The figures are revealed in the PA's annual yearbook, which showed that total book sales increased by 2% in value terms to £3.1bn over the past year, while the volume of sales has fallen by 3% to £739m. Export sales rose 4% to £1.25bn and represent 40% of publishers’ revenues.

Richard Mollet, PA chief executive, said the figures showed that "digital publishing is growing at an impressive rate in whichever part of the sector you choose to look".  And added: “Now that technology is putting e-reading devices into consumers’ hands, we are starting to see the rapid growth of digital sales in this area too, as consumer publishers develop digital formats to reach wider audiences." He stressed that innovation in the digital marketplace and the strength of British publishers’ export performance was "only possible because of the robust and flexible copyright framework which underpins the UK creative industries".

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The Bookseller

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