- As of the end of October 2008, trade e-book sales were up more than 57% over their sales in 2007.
- In November of 2008 it was reported that nearly all of the titles on the New York Times bestseller list were available in both print and electronic editions.
- The AAP has been working to adopt the .EPUB format as standard.
It is certainly encouraging that there has been such a strong increase in ebooks sales compared to 2007, and it is also good to see that the number of ebooks is growing. The apparent attempt to adopt a single standard format is also a positive move as it should make it easier for the format to grow in popularity if there is a broad ranging agreement between all publishers and manufacturers.
Given these trends and developments, it seems likely that the industry is on the right track regarding ebooks, but there is still a long way to go. Purchasing ebooks is still a difficult process (and relatively expensive one compared to the differential between other e-formats and their physical counterparts- mp3/CDs etc) as there is just not the provision at the moment. Until more retailers offer ebooks for download, they will remain a fringe technology teetering on the edge of mainstream acceptance but never quite getting there.