AAP Reports eBook Sales Up in the First Part of 2014

aapThe American Association of Publishers posted their monthly irregularly released snapshot report of the state of the US trade publishing industry today, and the news is generally good.

The 1,200 US publishers who supply data to the AAP reported that their collected revenues reached $2.6 billion in the first 5 months of the year, up 3.9% from $2.55 billion last year.

As you can see in the chart below, the adult segment was down 3.6%, religious presses dropped a fraction of a percent,  the kid's/YA segment grew by 30.1% (don't you just love those movie inspired market fluctuations?).

In terms of formats, ebooks were one of the two bright spots in this report. The AAP says ebook sales totaled $670 million, up 7% from $626 million last year. Surprisingly, sales of paperback books also increased by 6.3%, while hardback books dropped a fraction of a percent. (Audiobook sales continued their steady incline, growing by 25.3%.)

eBook growth has picked up since the last AAP report, which covered the first 3 months of the year, while hardback sales have dropped. This likely reflects general market fluctuations rather than (as I would hope) a sign of serious growth.

Here's all the sales data I received; note that there is a typo in the first chart.

aap first 5 months 2014 may


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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."

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