The Association of American Publishers draws its data from 1,200 publishers. They no longer offer much in the way of specifics most months, but this month they did share a few interesting factoids:
- Publishers’ book sales for January thru April were down 5.6% ($3.0 billion compared to $3.2 billion)
- Trade book sales were down 2.1% year-to-date (and down 2.9% for the month)
- Adult Books were up 3.5%, while Kids/YA and Religious presses were down 15.1% and 9.2%, respectively
- Downloadable audiobooks grew by 33.3% through April
- Hardback book sales were down 4%, and
- eBooks were down 9.3%
All of the figures cited above are year to date (with one exception).
I wasn't planning to report on these figures (there isn't enough data to analyze) but I thought it worth noting that the AAP reported such a steep decline in ebook revenues.
It's almost as if the Agency deals signed by six major publishers (and subsequent high ebook prices) is impacting ebook sales. You don't suppose there's a price war going on between Amazon and the publishers, do you?
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