Book Sales Static Year-on-Year, Gains for Adult Paperbacks, Losses for Audio & Children

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Book Sales Static Year-on-Year, Gains for Adult Paperbacks, Losses for Audio & Children

Feb 08 2007

According to the Association of American Publishers (AAP), net book sales in 2006 were effectively static year on year at approximately $10,000 billion, although net book sales fell in December by 0.6%. 

Big gains were shown by e-books, up 24% year on year (from a small base); adult paperbacks also rose by 8.5%, university press paperbacks did well with an increase of 4.7% and adult mass market titles increased by 4.6%.   

Children's books fell 29% due to a lack of blockbuster titles released in 2006 (AKA Harry Potter); religious books fell 10.2% and audiobooks were down 11.7%. 

The AAP is the national trade association of the U.S. book publishing industry. Its more than 300 members include most of the major commercial publishers in the United States, as well as smaller and non-profit publishers, university presses and scholarly societies.

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