AAP Reports Book Market up 10% in January, eBooks up 12.8%

The aapAmerican Association of Publishers issued a new Statshot report this morning, and it looks like Amazon has once again failed to kill the publishing industry.

According to the AAP, the 1,218 publishers who contributed revenue data to the AAP in January 2014 saw a 10% bump in revenue over last year ( from $500 million to $550 million).

The adult segment was up 2.8% (to $362 million from $352 million). The YA/kids segment saw impressive growth of 43.7% (to $144 million from $100 million), but the religious presses saw a drop in revenue of about 7.4%.

I of course have embedded the full charts below, and the news is generally good. Both the adult and kids segments showed increases in most categories, with the exception of adult paperback books. This comes as no surprise given the general decline of paperback sales as they are being replaced by ebooks.

Speaking of ebooks, ebook sales across the 3 segments grew slightly faster than the market average in January, and were up 12.8% (to $142 million from $125 million). I would like to crow about this being great news but in all honesty it only slightly beat the market rate, making this more of a fluctuation than actual growth.

Still, I’m going to wait until next month before popping the champagne.

aap statshot january 2014

aap statshot january 2014 breakdown


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Nate Hoffelder is the founder 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. Is 10$ supposed to be 10%?

    1. Nate Hoffelder1 May, 2014

      The market only grew by ten bucks, sadly.

      Fixed it, thanks.

  2. I wondered if it was a Freudian slip. 🙂

  3. flyingtoastr1 May, 2014

    I’m willing to bet a large portion of that YA YOY growth is from Divergent. Hooray for outliers!

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  6. Ned22 May, 2014

    You list downloaded audiobooks here but not physical audiobooks. Do you know what the January 2014 number was for physical audiobooks?



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