From Digital Book World:
The latest monthly data from the Association of American Publishers (AAP), for January 2015, show ebook sales in slump.
Comprising just 20% of trade sales, digital formats clocked in at $100.3 million, down more than 10% to what Publishers Lunch notes is the lowest monthly sales figure since April 2012, when the AAP reported digital sales at $99.5 million.
Some suspect the progressive restoration of agency ebook pricing that began late last year is a likely culprit for the decline.
While that may turn out to be the case, the fact is it’s very difficult to tell.
Publishers Lunch, which tracks and analyzes the AAP figures each month, has noticed considerable variation in what participating publishers report month-to-month, as each successive report includes revised data from the corresponding month twelve months prior.
Which is just one of several reasons why the latest snapshot, as Michael Cader commented yesterday, “shows how far we still have to go in obtaining reliable, consistent basic statistical measures of what’s happening in even a portion of our marketplace.”
Link to the rest at Digital Book World
Higher prices reduce sales? Amazon knows more about pricing ebooks than Big Publishing? Impossible!