Led by a 65.1% increase in e-book sales, January sales jumped 43.7% in the children’s/young adult category compared to January 2013, according to figures in AAP’s StatShot program. Hardcover sales were also up in the children’s/young adult category, posting a 53.7% year-over-year increase. Sales of adult trade titles rose 2.8% in January, with e-book sales in the segment up 6.4% and hardcover sales up 4.7%. At $116 million, e-book sales accounted for 32% of adult trade revenue in January 2014, compared to 31% in the same month last year. The biggest gain in the adult trade segment was recorded in downloadable audio, where sales increased 29%; at $12.4 million, the format had triple the sales of physical audio. Sales are based on reports from 1,218 publishers.

Category % Change January
Adult Hardcover 4.7%
Adult Paperback -5.1
Mass Market 5.4
Physical Audio -6.2
Audio Download 29.0
Adult E-book 6.4
Children’s/YA 43.7
Religious Presses -7.4
Professional -5.2
K-12 Materials 5.6
Higher Ed. 7.0
University Presses -2.6

(Measured in $ sales against same time periods, 2013)