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Digital Published Books Increasing While Most Categories Falter

According to the book sales monitored by the Association of American Publishers (AAP), domestic sales are down 4.1% for the year but up 3.3% from last April for a total of $494.9 million.

Down

  • Adult Hardcover $95.7 million (-11.0%) – YTD decline 16.2%
  • Adult Paperback $114.8 (-0.8%) – YTD decline 25.7%
  • Adult Massmarket $51.0 (-4.0%) – YTD decline 10.2%
  • Audio Book $9.5 million (-32.9%) – YTD decline 43.6%
  • Religious Books $38.7 (-7.1%) – YTD decline 9.1%
  • University Press Hardcover $5.0 million (-6.3%) – YTD decline 7.5%
  • University Press Paperback $2.3 million (-12.4%) – YTD decline 7.8% El-Hi (elementary/high school) basal and supplemental K-12 category $154.8 million (-23.4%) – YTD decline 16.4%

Up

  • E-books $12.1 (+228.3%) – YTD increase 154.8%. March sales were the first time that ebooks were a larger share of the market than audiobooks and this was reflected in April stats as well.
  • Children’s/YA Hardcover $44.6 (+13.6%) – YTD increase 35.9%
  • Children’s/YA Paperback $39.9 million (+0.9%) – YTD increase 2.0%
  • Professional and Scholarly $46.3 million (+1.1%) – YTD decrease 8.9 %
  • Higher Education $33.5 million (312.4%) – YTD increase 42.4%

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She 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

3 Comments

  1. Louisa Edwards
    Jun 11, 2009 @ 08:46:08

    Soooo interesting. Especially in light of Diana Pershing’s latest Letter from the President in RWR.

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  2. SandyW
    Jun 11, 2009 @ 08:47:10

    Gee, do you suppose Diane Pershing knows about this?

    ETA: Louisa and I posted at almost the same time. Maybe some nice RWA member could send this to Ms. Pershing.

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  3. Heather Massey
    Jun 12, 2009 @ 06:09:03

    Thanks for the stats!

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