Publisher book sales were down 2 percent to $11.9 billion, during the first three quarters of the 2015, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP).
Trade revenues during the nine month period were flat at $5 billion. The research includes stats from more than 1,200 publishers. Here is more from the press release:
While sales for trade books overall were flat, the categories within had different growth trajectories from Jan. – Sept.:
Adult Books were up 2.9%, Children/YA were down 7.4%, and Religious Presses were down 1.5%. Paperbacks and downloaded audiobooks within the trade category grew in double digits. Sales declined for Higher Educational Course Materials and PreK-12 Instructional Materials.