There is little doubt in the fact that future belongs to the eBooks, particularly in the developed countries.
Recent stats have revealed that only in the US, the sales of eBooks have doubled from 2010 to 2011, and eBooks now account for about 30 percent of the entire books sold in the US.
These stats were compiled by Book Stats based on the annual net sales revenues and net units sold by the US publishers.
The main categories included in these sales happen to be adult fiction, non-fiction, and kids books.
According to the estimates of the company, the net sales from the eBooks in 2010 were $869 million, constituting about 6 percent of the total trade.
This number rose to $2.1 billion in 2011, equivalent to 15 percent of the net revenues. Finally, the eBook units were also doubled from 125 million books in 2010 to 388 million in 2011.
The sharpest increase in publishing was seen in the category of adult fiction, which constituted about 30 percent of the total sales.
In the year of 2010, the share of eBooks in the individual print and electronic categories was 13 percent.
Talking specifically about the genre of adult fiction, the revenue increased from $585 million in 2010 to $1.3 billion in 2011, an increase of 117 percent.
In terms of units sold, the increase was 238 percent, from 85 million units sold in 2010 to 203 million sold in 2011.
However, printed books in the adult fiction category still comprise the majority of the revenues at $2.8 billion.
The overall trend depicts the immensely increasing popularity of the eBooks with the passage of time.
Increase in the category if adult fiction more than other categories is quite understandable, since people prefer reading adult fiction on the eReaders rather than reading it in the form of physical books, since eReaders afford the anonymity that almost every reader of adult fiction likes.