The continuous growth of eBooks is partly to blame for the £98 million drop in printed book sales. Keeping up with the latest technology is obviously taking its toll on shops such as Waterstones and WHSmiths. It’s no wonder people prefer e-books these days as you don’t have to even leave the house to buy one, it’s just a click of a button away!
However, eBooks aren’t the only thing to blame for the 6.5% sales drop from 2012 as the demand for the Fifty Shades novels, written by EL James, have gone down in popularity as well as value. The Fifty Shades trilogy set breaking records back in 2012 with the series accounting for nearly half of all novels sold in the UK. In 2013 the Fifty Shades novels amassed sales of only £1.4 million where as in 2012 the EL James blockbusters racked up sales of £47.3 due over 10 million copies.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s autobiography was the best-selling book of 2013 selling 803,084 copies and the hardback version of Dan Brown’s Inferno was the leader in that department shifting 640,676 copies.
Sainsbury’s is also adding fuel to the fire by announcing to its customers that it is going to stop selling printed books online by the end of February this year. The supermarket chain went on to say that “the online opportunity lies in digital products.”