Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Publishing is NOT dead!

The methods may be changing, but the addiction to reading seems to be growing according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP).

"Book sales in November rose 10.9%, to $808.5 million, at publishers who reported to the Association of American Publishers. Sales for the year through November rose 4.9%.

Among categories:

E-books exploded 199.9%, to $18.3 million.
Audiobooks jumped 69%, to $18.4 million.
Adult hardcover rose 26.9%, to $204.4 million.
Higher education rose 24.2%,, to $197.1 million.
University press hardcover rose 21.9% to $5.4 million.
El-Hi basal and supplemental K-12 jumped 18.4%, to $136.9 million.
University press paperback climbed 2.7%, to $4.2 million.
Professional and scholarly rose 2.7%, to $57.1 million.
Children's/YA paperback inched up 1%, to $43.9 million.
Religious books were flat, at $48.7 million.
Adult paperback fell 3%, to $92.3 million
Adult mass market dropped 9.8%, to $53.2 million.
Children's/YA hardcover fell 13.5%, to $63.9 million." - as published in Shelf Awareness .

Exciting, isn't it?


James Mayhew said...

Not if you write children's book apparently! But how did Children's picture books fare?

Anonymous said...

I love readding, and thanks for your artical. ........................................

Analisa said...

I am encouraged by the stats thanks for posting them. I think as pocketbooks shrink people read more.