40+ Ebooks Sales Statistics 2022

40+ Ebooks Sales Statistics 2022

Considering ebooks account for 18% of all books sold in the first half of 2021, we wanted to better understand how the ebook industry has grown over time, its role in the book industry, and overall ebooks sales figures.

Number of ebooks sold per year

  • 191 million ebooks were sold in 2020 up 12.35% from 2019
  • The number of ebooks sold is down 21.07% from its peak in 2013
  • The number of ebooks sold in the first half of 2021 is down 8% from the first half of 2020, but still 8% higher than they were prior to the pandemic in 2019
  • The last decade saw the number of ebooks sold per year nearly triple, from 69 million in 2010 to 191 in 2020
  • Adult fiction accounts for 41% of all ebook sales in 2021
YearNumber of ebooks sold in millions
2020191
2019170
2018168
2017173
2016181
2015204
2014234
2013242
2012215
2011165
201069

Based on 191 million ebooks being sold per year in 2020, it’s estimated that:

  • 15.92 million ebooks were sold per month
  • 3.67 million ebooks were sold per week
  • 524.72 thousand ebooks were sold per day
  • 21.86 thousand ebooks were sold per hour
  • 364.38 were ebooks sold per minute

Ebook sales revenue per year

  • Revenue from ebook sales reached 1.1 billion dollars in 2020, up 11.86% from 983.3 million in 2019
  • As ebook revenue declined 6.72% from 2017 to 2019, the pandemic was responsible for pushing ebooks sales revenue up in 2020
  • Revenue for ebooks has grown nearly 10x since 2009
YearSales revenue in millions of US dollars
20201,100
2019983.3
20181026.1
20171054.2
2012814
2010340.1
2009165.8
200853.5
200731.8
200620
200510.8
20049.6
20037.3
20025.8

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