“There is no flattening out yet over here in ebook sales” …“Our country is quite unique in the diversity of its ebook landscape,” says Timo Boezeman, a sales account manager in the digital division of the Dutch distributor CB Logistics.
Based in Culemborg in the central Netherlands, this 140-year-old company (formerly Centraal Boekhuis) — operating in the Netherlands and Belgium — produces a quarterly infographic, based on observations made in the process of handling “distribution and invoices of ebooks to the majority of ebook sellers.”
CB’s brightly colored infographic indicates that some 5 million ebooks had been sold by the middle of this year (cumulative, since the start in January 2010). The 1-million-ebook mark was hit, it seems, early in 2012.
As I’ve reported today at The Bookseller, around the middle of last year, CB could account for 3 million sales. So there’s a quickening of sales apparently under way, per what CB sees in year-0ver-year total sales.
Note that the ebooks counted for CB’s new quarterly infographic are for the most part publisher-produced, not self-published. There is self-publishing in the Netherlands but compared to the UK and US this is still relatively small.
“Mostly, self-publishing here is done with parties like MijnBestseller.nl or Brave New Books,” Boezeman says, referring to two author-service providers. “Those and others are using CB’s services as well.”
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