Well over 60 million tablets were sold in 2011. By 2016, this number is expected to soar to more than 230 million, according to new data from Futuresource Consulting.
While these numbers include commercial, industrial, and institutional sales, consumers will continue to drive the bulk of tablet sales. Consumers accounted for roughly 90% of all tablet sales last year, Futuresource says.
Futuresource forecasts that consumer tablet ownership will double in North America and Western Europe within two years. In 2013, 153 million consumer tablets are anticipated to sell.
Tablets accounted for 10% of all mobile app downloads in 2011. This number is expected to rise to 20% by 2016.
Last year, ebooks accounted for 20% of all book sales. Looking forward, digital downloads of books are expected to account for up to 70% of all book sales by 2016.
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