Electronic Publishing

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered am ar 14 Mai 2014.

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Photo of Tom Harris Tom Harris Llafur, Glasgow South

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

(1) what assessment he has made of the effect of growth in the UK market for eBooks on authors, publishers and readers;

(2) if he will launch a public consultation on steps to be taken to promote the UK eBook industry.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

The creative industries are a great success story for the UK, and the importance of the publishing sector has been illustrated in the recently published creative industries statistics (January 2014), which show its worth of £9.7 billion in 2012, employment of nearly a quarter of a million people, and worth of £1.25 billion in export of services in 2011.

The Department has made no direct assessment of the effect of growth in the UK market for eBooks on authors, publishers and readers; however, the existence of digital platforms, such as eBooks, increases the multimedia possibilities for authors and publishers, and provides consumers with more choice. The sector is continuing to seize the opportunities presented by digital technologies and the UK eBook industry is continuing to develop even further.

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