SA’s best-selling e-books

Amazon has named Dan Brown’s Inferno as South Africa’s best-selling e-book, based on Kindle books purchased by customers over the past year.

The top ten best-selling books takes into account Kindle editions purchased by South African customers between June 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014.

Top 10 best selling e-books in SA

  1. Inferno by Dan Brown;
  2. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini;
  3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn;
  4. Never Go Back: (Jack Reacher 18) by Child. Lee;
  5. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt;
  6. Sycamore Row by John Grisham;
  7. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty;
  8. The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike) by Robert Galbraith and J. K. Rowling;
  9. The Hit (Will Robie 2) by David Baldacci;
  10. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult.

Amazon recently announced that Kindle Paperwhite is now available in South African retail stores, and will be demoed at the Cape Town International Book Fair from 13-15 June 2014, it said.

According to PwC’s entertainment and media outlook 2013 – 2017, there is a marked decline in both physical entertainment and educational book sales in South Africa, while digital content faces slow uptake.

In the report, PwC said that, while a number of local e-commerce services have become established in South Africa that sell both physical and e-books online, the cost of e-readers and bandwidth constraints make the downloading of books difficult in some areas.

The consumer and educational book market as a whole has fallen from R4.1 billion in 2008 to R3.6 billion in 2012 – however, this is expected to increase slightly to R3.7 billion by 2017.

The consumer book market is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.5% to reach R1.6 billion in 2017, up from R1.4 billion in 2012, PwC said.

However, the educational book market is expected to fall by a negative CAGR of 1.1% to R2.1 billion in 2017 – down from R2.8 billion in 2008.

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