This week (month? year?) has been a whirlwind of much very good news and happy business, but with my brain in nonstop to-do-list-conquering mode, I’ve been struggling to come up with a good blog topic in between phone calls, emails, and contracts. Happily the good people of Publishers Weekly sent me a blog topic in my email as if to say, “Don’t worry, Lauren! It’s Friday, and people love infographics.” (Thanks, PW!)
This visual distillation of some of the key e-book findings of Aptara’s 4th Annual eBook Survey of Publishers has some interesting information to tell us. It also raises some questions:
Who are these 1 out of 5 publishers who do not produce e-books?
And of the 31% producing enhanced e-books, how many are producing enough that we’d notice? I’m assuming just one counts as a yes.
Only 44% of publishers report that Amazon is their most lucrative sales channel? This is surprising to me. More surprising? The publishers’ own websites being in second place. Even distant second, I’d never have guessed that.
And why do publishers prefer the iPad as an e-reading device?
What questions does it raise for you? And have you actually bought e-books directly from a publisher website?