e-books have seen a meteoric rise in popularity, with the number of titles on sale jumping by 50 per cent in the past year.
The online retailers have seen growth across the board with booksellers expecting a bumper year for e-readers, with bookselling figures forecast to rise by 5.4 per cent, with e-reader sales up by nearly 30 per cent.
While Amazon is the leader with the majority of e-shop titles, there are many more that have jumped on board.
A list of the top 50 e-sellers is available on the site’s website.
There are over 200,000 titles available for purchase on Amazon, according to data from Bookscan, which tracks e-marketing trends.
Many e-reading titles have had their prices increased in recent years.
In 2018, the e-coupon site CouponRates reported that the price of a book on Amazon rose by almost 5 per cent on average over the past 12 months, while the average price of an eBook on Amazon fell by over 7 per cent over the same period.
The rise in e-selling has seen the price for books rise by around 25 per cent this year, with some authors claiming they have to spend thousands of dollars just to keep their books in print.
The increase in book prices has prompted some to seek out other means of income, such as e-banking, a strategy popularised by US rapper Snoop Dogg and rapper Killer Mike.
“People who do not have a bank account can buy books, they just have to use their credit card,” said Mr Zoroya.
“I’m just making money from it.
I’m a freelancer.
I want to be able to put the money towards books so that I can be able put the books in my house and buy them at a good price.”