New Statistics Show Publishing Isn’t in a Death Spiral After All

The AAP (American Association of Publishers) has just launched BookStats, a new program to provide an in-depth study of publishing industry statistics. Today marked the first release of details from BookStats’ comprehensive report.

Between 2008 and 2010, sales for the publishing industry as a whole grew by about six percent. (That’s not much growth over three years, is it? Actually, given that we’re in a recession any growth is a plus.) That’s a bump of around $1.4 billion, with sales in 2010 totaling $27.9 billion.

eBooks are the wonder story in this report, but I expect you know that already. eBook sales grew from about half a percent in 2008 to 6.4 percent of total sales in 2010. Net sales for 2010 were reported at $878 million, and that’s a 1,200 percent increase over 2008.

The data released today doesn’t cover 2011, though. That’s because most of the stats for 2011 are still up in the air. No one knows what the sales figures are for a given month until about four months afterwards (here’s why).

For more details, checkout the AAP website.