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.
(Comparisons of $ sales against same periods in 2014)