Ebooks, Children’s Titles Grow in 2014

Overall revenues are up slightly for U.S. trade books, according to monthly and year-to-date figures released today by the Association of American Publishers (AAP).

AAP’s StatShot program, which covers publishers’ net earnings from distribution channels rather than retailers, indicates 3.9% growth in the trade sector during the first five months of 2014 over the same period last year.

That growth was driven by, and largely limited to, the young adult and children’s category. The success of popular YA titles by best-selling authors like John Green and Gayle Forman are behind the 30.5% jump over the same five-month period last year. Trade ebooks expanded 7.0% since that period in 2013.

But there were no comparable successes in the adult category. In April and May of 2014, adult trade sales were down 5.2% and 9.0%, respectively, compared with those months last year. For the first five months of 2014, overall revenues from adult trade books in all formats sat at $1726.2 million, down 3.6% from $1789.9 million in the same period in 2013.

AAP surveyed 1,209 trade publishers for its latest figures. Here’s a year-to-date snapshot:

TOTAL TRADE* NET REVENUE – BY CATEGORIES (in millions)
 
Jan-May 2014
Jan-May 2013
Percent Change
TOTAL TRADE*
$2652.3
$2553.6
+3.9%
Adult Fiction/Non-Fiction
$1726.2
$1789.9
-3.6%
Children’s/Young Adult
$695.9
$533.2
+30.5%
Religious Presses
$230.2
$230.5
-0.1%
TOTAL TRADE* NET REVENUE – BY FORMATS
 
Jan-May 2014
Jan-May 2013
Percent Change
Total Trade eBooks
$669.7
$626.0
+7.0%
Total Trade Hardback
$867.1
$868.5
-0.2%
Total Trade Paperback
$793.4
$746.6
+6.3%
*Total Trade includes all formats in Adult Fiction/Non-Fiction, Children’s/Young Adult and Religious Presses

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