Adult Hardcover Revenues Down Nearly 7% in 2012

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By Jason Boog

According to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot report for the calendar year of 2012, adult fiction and nonfiction hardcover net revenues dipped nearly seven percent in 2012 compared to the same period last year (AAP chart embedded above).

At the same time, all categories of children’s and YA literature grew last year. eBook revenues in this category increased by nearly 121 percent. (AAP chart embedded below). AppNewser has more about the growth of digital book sales since 2002. Here’s more from the release:

With the December figures now available, the AAP monthly “StatShot” report of publishers’ net revenue shows that for calendar year 2012, US Trade publishers’ net revenue grew by 6.2% as compared to calendar year 2011

The StatShot report tabulated data from 1,193 publishers, collecting revenue reports in these categories: fiction and nonfiction for adults, children’s and young adult books and religious presses.