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Book Sales in March Declined 11%

While yearly sales are still up 1.3%, book sales in March have declined by 11%. Ebook sales were the biggest increases at 58.9% but still only a fraction of the billion dollar book industry at $4.4 million. Trade paperbacks (6.2%), Children’s YA paperbacks (9.1%) and Children’s YA hardcovers were up (2.4%). The trend of increasing YA sales must account for the huge contracts Showalter and Vincent have recently received for the new Harlequin YA line.

Audiobooks are down 44% to $11 million. In a year or so, I wonder if ebooks and audiobooks will change places. Adult hardcovers have declined 25% and mass market is down 10.9%.

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

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