Is 2011 the Tipping Point for E-books in Europe?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

Europe’s e-book market is growing, but is it robust enough to attract the mass market?

By Edward Nawotka

Today’s lead story looks at the growth of e-books in Europe, which has been slow and pragmatic and has long lagged behind the US and Japan. But the introduction of several new platforms, devices and digitization projects at the end of 2010 has spurred sales of books and more widespread interest from the public. Will 2011 be the tipping point for e-books in Europe? Or will ongoing debates over VAT, pricing, and distribution issues continue to hinder the market? If so, what needs to change to make e-books click with publishers and the public?

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.