Despite fears of a dwindling readership, February book sales were up. Ebooks had the strongest gains, rising 44.7% with sales of 2.5 million. Adult hardcovers followed close behind with sales of $111.9m and Children/YA hardcovers rose 43.4% with sales of $37.4 million. I read a great young adult book yesterday by Melissa Marr, Wicked Lovely. It’s sure to add to those numbers in June.
Religious books (and I am not sure if this includes inspirationals) also rose $31.8% to 39.5m. Paperbacks increased only slightly with young adult paperbacks increasing 5.7% (34.1m) and adult paperbacks were up 3.2% (97.6 m)
Losers in the February retail measurement included audiobooks (0.5%) and professional/scholarly books (7.3%).
Via Shelf Awareness.