Ninety-eight British publishers closed their doors in the year ending August 2013. The cause? E-books and online discounts.
During 2012, e-book sales in Britain rose by 134% to more than $346 million. While print sales still dominate the bottom line in Britain with more than $4.6 billion in sales, that total was a 1% drop from the year before. The trend is toward e-books, and that trend has not been good for publishers.
The accounting firm issuing the tally, Wilkins Kennedy from Companies House, cited e-books, discounting from
"The rise of Amazon and other discount sellers with massive buying power means the pressure on publishers' margins is now immense," said Anthony Cork of Wilkins Kennedy told the Guardian. "While publishers might be able to sustain relatively small margins on a bestseller, it is much harder for niche publishers."