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.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Daniel21 July, 2011

    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.

    1. Nate Hoffelder21 July, 2011

      Forget about those numbers. They can’t be trusted and I’ll explain why later today.

  2. James W. Lewis22 July, 2011

    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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