Book Sales Up .5%, Revenues Down 2.8%: AAP StatShot

By Dianna Dilworth Comment


Overall publisher book sales were up 0.5 percent sales from Jan. to Oct. compared to the same timeframe in 2014, according to new metrics released by the Association of American Publishers (AAP).

Overall publisher revenue for the 10-month period was $13.2 billion, down 2.8 percent from the prior year. These metrics include sales data for trade, religious, K-12 instructional materials, higher education course materials, professional publishing, and university presses). AAP tracks sales from more than 1,200 publishers.

Trade book revenues were up 2.5 percent in Oct. 2015 year-over year. Here is more from the press release:

In a year where Adult Books have shown growth and Childrens/YA hasn’t fared as well, Oct. was an unusual month; Adult Books were down 0.4% and Childrens /YA Books were up 8.1% compared to Oct. 2014. The year-to-date figures, through Oct. 2015 show growth of Adult Books by 2.6% and a decline in Childrens/YA of 5.3%