Print Book Sales over the past year

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/78990-unit-sales-start-2019-with-a-9-increase.html

This is an interesting article about how the sales of books has increased in some categories and decreased in others.

Total Sales of Print Books (in thousands)

Jan. 6, 2018 Jan. 5, 2019 Chge Week Chge YTD
Total 12,286 13,434 9.3% 9.3%

Unit Sales of Print Books by Category (in thousands)

Jan. 6, 2018 Jan. 5, 2019 Chge Week Chge YTD
Adult Nonfiction 5,647 6,060 7.3% 7.3%
Adult Fiction 2,447 2,495 2.0% 2.0%
Juvenile Nonfiction 758 887 14.3% 14.3%
Juvenile Fiction 2,172 2,528 16.4% 16.4%
Young Adult Fiction 381 428 12.2% 12.2%
Young Adult Nonfiction 32 36 12.4% 12.4%

Unit Sales of Print Books by Format (in thousands)

Jan. 6, 2018 Jan. 5, 2019 Chge Week Chge YTD
Hardcover 3,206 3,809 18.8% 18.8%
Trade Paperback 6,583 6,828 3.7% 3.7%
Mass Market Paperback 1,013 951 -6.2% -6.2%
Board Books 595 667 34.7% 34.7%
Audio 47 35 -25.2% -25.2%

It’s interesting how audio books fell, the same for mass market books. Yet the trade paperback rose, along with hardcover and board books. Part of the increase in trade paperback could be because self published authors and some publishers use that size a lot, including this publisher. It could be because of the rise in print on demand services, which almost exclusively use the trade size.

There is no comparison to e-books in this article, so I don’t know how those numbers relate in sales. That will be researched and discussed in a future posting.

What it does show is print books are on the rise. They are selling. And the genre that seems to be doing the best is juvenile/young adult books.

It will be interesting to see what happens with 2019.

 

 

 

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