US ebook sales up in May

The AAP released their monthly sales figures today for May 2011. It took a little number crunching, but it looks like ebooks are up significantly over April 2011.

For some reason the AAP decided to hide the specific figures for May, but I dug up the older numbers and did the math myself. Year-to-Date sales were $389.7M, which doesn't really tell you much besides the fact that it's a big increase (160%) over the first 5 months of last year ($389.7m vs $149.8m).

but when you subtract the first 4 months ($72.8m+69+90.3+69.9, April- January), you'll find that the actual May ebook sales were $87.7 million, and that's a significant increase over April ($72.8m).  And this occurred in a shrinking print market ($2967.5 Million vs $3128.4M, -5.1%), which makes the ebook figures that much more impressive.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

3 Comments on US ebook sales up in May

  1. So the total book market shrank in may? Or I am missing something. Although the profit margins may be a bit higher on ebooks with current marketing model.

  2. I think the recent closing of Borders and increase of ebook sales signify a sign of the times. It happened to the music and movie industry, so books were inevitable.

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