Apple Readies Book Case

Andrew AlbaneseThe digital dynamo prepares to stand its ground in the ebook price-fixing case coming next month to a Manhattan courtroom. Meanwhile, book industry insiders discover they will have to settle for double-digit growth in ebook sales, after years of triple-digit jumps.

“E-books in 2012 accounted for over $3 billion is sales, with a slew of new ventures and and innovative devices coming to market,” notes Andrew AlbanesePublishers Weekly senior writer. “However, a lot is being made about that 42% figure because it is the slowest growth ever for e-books,” he tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally. “But that’s only because we’re talking about real money now. When we used to see triple digit growth for e-books, the sums were small.”

Every Friday, CCC’s “Beyond the Book” speaks with the editors and reporters of “Publishers Weekly” for an early look at the news that publishers, editors, authors, agents and librarians will be talking about when they return to work on Monday.

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