Our annual collection of sales numbers for books sold in the last calendar year provides a granular portrait of the book business. In 2013, in adult hardcover, tenures on bestseller lists continued to shorten and sales numbers decreased—no doubt due to gains made by e-books. On the paperback side, mass markets continued their downward slide, though trade paperbacks seemed to hold their own. Overall, e-book sales continued to rise, but at slowing rates. In children’s books, there was an annual superstar, as usual. This year it was Veronica Roth, whose Divergent trilogy racked up sales of 6.7 million copies. On the e-book side in the children’s category, the top titles made gains, in part due to extensive adult crossover, but it appears that kids are still predominantly reading print.
Click below for bestseller lists by category and format:In Hardcover, It Looks the Same, but It’s Not: Facts & Figures 2013The Paperback Story Remains the Same: Facts & Figures 2013For E-books, More Good News, Few Trends: Facts & Figures 2013For Children’s Books in 2013, Divergent Led the Pack: Facts & Figures 2013