Sales of adult books rose 3.6% in July, but were still down 2.2% for the first seven months of 2014, according to AAP’s StatShot report.
In July, e-book sales rose 2.0%, to $110.1 million at reporting publishers, while sales of hardcovers dropped 7.5%, trade paperback sales fell 6.7% and mass market paperback sales rose 8.4%. For the first seven months of the year, e-book sales were up 0.2% and accounted for 30.3% of sales of adult trade books compared to 29.6% for the first seven months of 2013.
Although sales in the children’s/young adult segment slowed in July, the category is on track for a banner year. Sales for the first seven months of 2014 were up 25.8% compared to the same period last year despite a moderate sales gain of 12.9% in July.
All figures are based on reports from 1,209 publishers.