Trade Book Sales Reaches $6.6B Jan-Nov 2015: AAP

By Dianna Dilworth Comment

Publishers book sales for trade books were up 1.2 percent from January to November 2015, reaching $6.6 billion as compared to $6.5 billion in 2014.

Overall publisher revenue was $13.9 billion, down 2.6 percent over the same period 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.

Publisher sales of trade books were up 9.1 percent in November 2015. The majority of this growth came from Adult Books, which were up 9.5 percent for the month. Childrens /YA Books were up 7.9 percent in November, but this category was still down 3.8 percent for the year. E-books were down 12.7 percent during the 11-month period as compared to 2014. Here is more from the press release:

Downloaded audio and paperback books have grown every month in 2015 vs the same month in 2014. Within Adult Books, the most popular trade category this year, downloaded audio is up 40.3% and paperback is up 16.1%. Across all trade categories these formats are up 37.1% and 13.7%, respectively compared to the 2014 totals.