Sales in the adult trade segment were up 3.1% in the first six months of 2015 over 2014, while sales of children’s/young adult books fell 12.3% in the same period, according to figures released by the Association of American Publishers‘ StatShot program. The increase in adult books was led by a strong performance of trade paperbacks, which offset declines in hardcover, mass market paperback, and e-books. The audiobook segment had a good first six months with downloadable audio sales up 34.6% and physical sales rising 5.4%. The decline in the children’s/young adult category was due to steep drops in e-book sales (45.5%) and hardcover (20.5%). Sales of board books increased 18.3%. Sales figures are based on reports from a total of 1,207 publishers. Sales for all categories—including religion, education and professional—fell 4.1% in the six month period compared to last year.

Category Change June YTD
Adult Hard -16.6% -6.2%
Adult Paper 28.8% 15.1%
Mass Market -13.4% -5.6%
Physical Audio -1.7% 5.4%
Audio Download 4.3% 34.6%
Adult E-book -3.3% -3.1%
Children’s/YA -2.6% -12.3%
Religious Presses 12.2% -5.1%
Professional 28.1% 16.6%
K–12 Materials -17.2% -10.8%
Higher Ed. 15.7% -9.1%
University Presses 7.2% -2.3%

(Comparisons of $ sales against same periods in 2014)