Updates to the (self-)publishing industry from the London Book Fair #AmWriting #LBF18 #BookMarketing

If you’re an Indie Author you might find the Statistics/ trends in this blog post very interesting. I did.

D.E. Haggerty

london book fairI arrived home late last evening from the London Book Fair with a notebook full of publishing notes, marketing ideas, and to-do lists. After three days of go! go! go!, I’m ready for weekend to start early – like right now. But I wanted to share some of the information about the publishing industry I learned at the fair before collapsing in my reading chair. *Please note: Facts and figures refer to the UK market, but I assume trends carry over to other markets as well*

LFB18

  • Volume and spending on books of all types was down by 3% in 2017, but overall the trend is upward.
  • Paperbacks are still the backbone of the industry with 71% of purchases.
  • The strong growth of ebooks has peaked. The volume and spending on ebooks fell dramatically.
  • Audiobooks are growing strongly. This is a fertile growth area!
  • Younger females and 55+ readers are moving…

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About Lizzie Lamb

I write contemporary women's fiction mostly based in Scotland with hot heroes, feisty heroines and always a happy ending. Along with three other authors - Adrienne Vaughan, June Kearns and Margaret Cullingford - I formed the New Romantics Press under which all our books are published. I have published five books since 2012 - check out my Amazon page: viewAuthor.at/LizzieLamb

Posted on April 13, 2018, in Lizzie's Scribbles. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thanks for sharing, Lizzie. A bit worrying! As you commented, the cost of printing paperbacks through Createspace means we can’t compete with big publisher offers. When you can get a book in a supermarket for £3.99 why pay £9.99 on Amazon? And audio is something I’m very keen on, but I’ve heard it’s expensive. Something to think about – or panic about in my case! x

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