Consumer sales of e-books grew by a whopping 366 per cent in 2011 as the demand for digital content on devices such as the Kindle and iPad continue to rocket.
The figures were released by The Publishers Association which also revealed overall digital sales across all sectors increased by 54 per cent.
That helping offset some of the decline in the sales of physical books, although overall revenue from sales still dropped two per cent to £3.2bn.
The huge increase in sales in the consumer market is being driven by the demand for e-book readers, specifically the Kindle, which accounted for 92 per cent of the 1.3 million e-reader devices sold in the run-up to Christmas.
This demand for e-books readers led Amazon to bring forward the shipping date for its Kindle Touch device, while the huge demand for Apple's iPad devices has no doubt also helped drive sales.
The chief executive of The Publishers Association, Richard Mollet, said the huge increase in digital sales underlined the importance of digital innovations for the sector, making the threat of piracy more relevant than ever.
"Online copyright infringement is increasingly making its presence felt for authors and publishers and we continue to call on government and stakeholders in the digital economy to work with us to do more to tackle it," he said.
The e-books market has recently been embroiled in a price-fixing clash, with the Department of Justice (DoJ) accusing Apple and five major publishers of colluding to fix the price of e-books.
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