The top genres among e-book owners are crime and thriller, good news for us crime authors

The top genres among e-book owners are crime and thriller (47%),  with science fiction (25%), literature (23%) and romance (23%) says Aptara's third annual e-book survey of more than 1,300 book publishers from the trade, education, professional and corporate markets.

That's certainly good news for crime writers like me. I have seen a massive rise in my e book sales with no decline in paperback sales either, so doubly good news.

The survey reveals that one in five publishers is now generating more than 10% of their revenues from e-books, with the vast majority of book publishers (85%), across all market segments, producing print and e-book versions of their titles including my own publisher Severn House, who have released Footsteps on the Shore, the sixth in the DI Andy Horton crime series, recently in paperback and e book available on and was still listed as the biggest generator of sales by 56% of trade publishers, and by 38% of all publishers, with their own websites the second biggest category.

The overwhelming percentage of responding publishers across all market segments were from English-speaking countries including United States (70%), United Kingdom (8%), Canada (3%), and Australia (3%).

Meanwhile the number of Americans using an e-book reader has almost doubled during the last 12 months, according to another survey. The Harris Poll also revealed one in six Americans who do not have an e-reader intend to buy one during the next six months. This may be welcomed by publishers as e-reader owners are reading more books, according to the survey with the top genres among e book owners being crime and thriller novels.

All my marine mystery crime novels featuring DI Andy Horton and my thriller novels are available in paperback and e books.


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