Ebooks have become the single bestselling category in American publishing for the first time in February.
The latest report shows that total ebook sales in February were $90.3m. This makes digital books the largest single format in the US for the first time ever, overtaking paperbacks at $81.2m. In January, ebooks were the second-largest category, behind paperbacks.
America’s ebooks enjoyed a 202.3% growth in sales in February compared with the same month the previous year. Print books fared much worse by contrast, with the combined category of adult hardback and paperback books falling 34.4% to $156.8m in February. The children and young adult category of print books fell 16.1% to $58.5m.