Some interesting numbers…
AAP: 2009 Book Sales Down 1.8%
Net book sales in 2009 in the U.S. fell 1.8%, to $23.95 billion,
according to estimates by the Association of American Publishers based on
sales data from 86 publishers as well as on data from the Bureau of the Census.
In the last seven years, the book business has had a compound annual
growth rate of 1.1%.
Category Sales/Percent Change
E-books $313 million 176.6%
Higher Ed $4.3 billion 12.9%
Adult hardcover $2.6 billion 6.9%
Children’s/YA paperback $1.5 billion 2.2%
Book clubs/mail-order $588 million -2%
Mass market paperback $1 billion -4%
Children’s/YA hardcover $1.7 billion -5%
Adult paperback $2.2 billion -5.2%
Religious books $659 million -9%
Audiobooks $192 million -12.9%
The Association of American Publishers is the national trade association of the U.S. book publishing industry. AAP’s 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.