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Net book sales increase 12.6% according to AAP

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.

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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