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April 2008 Sales Fall

According to a report from the Association of American Publishers, book sales have fallen in April a slight amount (3.5%) to $272.7 million. Year to date sales are flat at $2.183 billion. I’ve decided to start keeping a spreadsheet although I’m not certain how it will look in final form (suggestions from accounting folks welcome).

The usual suspects are seeing increases such as eBooks and Adult trades. The most fluctuating market in 2008 seems to be the Children’s Hardcover. I’m not sure whether you can blame that on a lack of a Rowling book or not. Adult hardcovers are taking a pounding, falling for the third month in a row. Via ShelfAwareness

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

One Comment

  1. Keri M
    Jun 25, 2008 @ 15:48:38

    As a reader that information doesn’t surprise me in the least and I bet it is going to get a lot worse before it gets better. With gas prices/food prices and everything else on the planet that cost money going up, hard-backed books are a luxury I just can’t afford right now. Keri

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