According to Association of American Publishers (AAP) sales figures for March, adult hardcover sales increased 6 percent and adult paperback sales declined nearly 8 percent compared to the same period last year.
Here’s more from the release: “In the Trade books division (general consumer fiction and non-fiction), Adult Paperbacks were the top-selling category at $115.9 Million, followed by Adult Hardcover at $96.6M, e-Books at $69.0M, Religious books at $63.5M and Adult Mass Market at $55.2M.”
After months of declines, the adult mass market paperback market actually increased one percent. Below you can check out AAP’s entire sales comparison chart.
*Category March 2011 March 2010 % Change
Adult Hardcover $96.6M $91.2M +6.0%
Adult Paperback $115.9M $125.6M -7.7%
Adult Mass Market $55.2M $54.5M +1.2%
E-Books $69.0M $28.1M +145.7%
Religious Books $63.5M $49.8M +27.4%
University Press Hardcover $4.4M $4.5M -1.9%
University Press Paperback $2.6M $2.5M +7.1%