It is time to re-think what ebooks - or digital books for general readers - are all about. At Global eBook, we decided hat we need better data and analytics for a more realistic understanding of the digital market place.
Therefore we initiated the brand new European eBook Barometer as an instrument to drive digital sales. And wrote a manifesto, Ebook 2018: Phase 02, as a strategic outlook for the Global eBook reports.
The 2017 report can be purchased here.
The new European e-Book Barometer provides handy insights and guidance to digital book sales in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain. It provides an intuitive and easy to read map for the e-book segment, based on precise aggregated sales data and chart driven trend information to publishers, retailers, authors as well as any other stakeholder interested in digital consumer books.
Download the new European eBook Barometer here. It is free of charge!
E-books are different. To better understand the specifics of digital book sales to consumers, publishers must learn about when readers pick up e-books along the year, what characterizes popular literary genres, or how sweet pricing allows to optimize marketing strategies.
The European e-Book Barometer opens a valuable instrument to drive sales in times of challenging and complex competition for consumers’ choices of entertainment and learning.
The European e-Book Barometer is an innovative collaborative initiative by e-book distributors in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain who otherwise are direct competitors on the respective territories. The strategic aim of this unique cooperation is to produce more detailed and reliable insights into today’s increasingly complex and competitive digital content markets.
The Barometer has been launched and sponsored by Bookwire, CB, the International Publishing Distribution Association, IPDA, and Libranda. The Barometer aggregates data provided by the following e-book distributors: Bookwire (Germany and Spain), CB (formerly Centraal Boekhuis, the Netherlands), edigita (Italy), Libranda (Spain), and Readbox (Germany).
The Barometer has been researched and produced by Rüdiger Wischenbart Content and Consulting and the Global eBook report, to add more in-depth data and urgently needed orientation for the next phase of digital consumer publishing.
Find more details about key findings below at the press release.


European eBook Barometer Press Release
The White Paper "Ebook 2018: Phase 02" provides a strategic perspective on ebooks as they multiply in appearances, formats, business models and distribution practices, to meet with transformed consumer preferences.
The White Paper "Ebook 2018: Phase 02" can be downloaded free of charge here.
As authors and their works can be developed, published and distributed along many different trajectories now, seamlessly expanding from local to global, and from one medium or channel to any other, road maps become more relevant, and a solid command of the terms and conditions of the trade in its many new perspectives is essential.
The debated trends around direct-to-consumer, self-publishing, audiobooks and 'Studio' platforms sets the agenda for the Global eBook report 2019.

The Global eBook report 2017 is out
2017-03-02 12:24:47 by rw

The Global eBook report 2017 is out and ready for purchase immediately, at €20, here.



The entirely re-written and re-focused edition of 2017 provides a rich serving of exclusive data and analysis with an overview of current degital market developments in Europe, North and South America and Asia.

Find the executive summary for free download at the bottom of this article, and sample charts further down below on this page.

The Global eBook report, started in 2011, is the standard reference for a realistic understanding of digital consumer market developments.


Global eBook 2017 Executive Summary

The Global eBook Report 2016 is out!
2016-04-14 16:55:34 by rw

The 2016 edition of the Global eBook report has been released. Find an overview on topics and structure in the Executive Summary at the bottom of this page.

Click here to purchase the Global eBook Report at only €20:



With more than 50 data driven original charts and tables, the international industry reference on the evolution of ebook markets focuses on relevant key angles for an understanding of the current transformation of book publishing in a global perspective:

  • Market close ups (print and digital) for the US, UK, Europe (notably France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands Spain, Sweden, and a detailed overview on Central and Eastern Europe),

  • Plus analysis of selected emerging markets, notably Brazil, China, India and Russia;

  • Summaries of key debates and driving forces (global players such as Amazon, statistical close ups on pricing, performance by genre, piracy, patterns of consumer habits, DRM, self publishing, et al.)



We provide an overview of trends and developments, based on a unique set of data from a wide array of the best available sources, backed up by a thorough analysis of overall book publishing in the diverse international contexts.

The 2016 edition of the Global eBook report particularly emphasizes how digital developments are embedded in the overall evolution of publishing markets, by providing context data as well as historical statistics to spot trends and developments over the past 3 to 7 years.

Main driving forces and policy as well as legal debates shaping the current transformation of the international book business are identified and looked at in country and market comparisons.

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Global Ebook 2016 Executive Summary