Estimated sales of publications for the past year were strong for electronic publishing, and paper books turned positive for the first time in 15 years. It exceeded the year of.

According to a summary of the Institute of Publishing Science, which conducts research and research in the publishing industry, the estimated sales amount of publications for the last year was 1,674.2 billion yen, which is 3.6% higher than the previous year in total for paper and electronics. It has exceeded the previous year for the year in a row.

Of this, sales of electronic publishing showed a significant increase of 18.6% over the previous year to 466.2 billion yen, and among them, electronic comics are read by scrolling the screen vertically for works that became animations and movies, and for smartphones and tablets. Due to the hits of the works to be promoted, it was 411.4 billion yen, 20.3% higher than the previous year.

In e-books, popular writers continued to lift the ban on digitization of their works, resulting in 44.9 billion yen, up 12% from the previous year.

On the other hand, for paper publications, sales of books turned positive for the first time in 15 years due to increased demand for children's books and reference books due to changes in life and learning environment due to the corona disaster, while magazines Sales fell due to a series of suspensions of publication, resulting in a total of 1,208 billion yen, down 1.3% from the previous year.

"While electronic publishing can be expected to grow further, it will be a year when it comes to paper publications, where it will be questioned whether we can meet the changing needs of our readers, depending on the circumstances of Corona," said the Institute of Publishing Science. ..