Digital books to outsell physical titles by 2015

Digital books will start outselling physical books from as early as 2015, an industry expert has told Trusted Reviews in an exclusive interview.

Speaking on the rise of digital eBook sales, Sam Hancock, Digital Product Manager at Harper Collins has suggested that physical paper books could be surpassed in terms of overall sales by their digital counterparts in as little as three year’s time.

“Across the whole industry we are getting closer and closer to the point where digital books will start outselling traditional printed books, in the USA especially that is much nearer,” Hancock said in an exclusive interview with Trusted Reviews. “I think the industry as a whole will reach that tipping point by 2015.”

Expanding on his 2015 prediction, Hancock has claimed that thanks to their ready availability on the likes of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite and the fourth-generation iPad, fiction titles will make the transition to a primarily digital sales basis ahead of their non-fiction siblings. He added: “I don’t think the non-fiction and illustrated markets have really proven themselves yet but certainly for text only books it is pretty conceivable that we will hit that point by 2015.”

Whilst retailer Amazon has suggested that it already sells more Kindle based eBooks that it does physical titles, Hancock’s comments have suggested that the push to a more digital front will expand rapidly beyond a single outlet and affect the entire publishing industry in the near future.

With improved portability and storage one reason to champion the switch to an age of digital books, Hancock has suggested that, like the music industry, it is the fast access nature of digital outlets that is helping push the move from physical to digital titles.

“Both dedicated eReaders like the Kindle and tablets like the iPad have provided one central location where lots of content is aggregated and that’s made it much easier for people to select the content they want especially with user interfaces that are as slick and simple as possible with things such as one-click buying.”

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