The Association of American Publishers (AAP) released its new newest numbers this morning, which compare January 2016 to January 2015.
Ebook sales took a big hit, according to the AAP’s numbers, dropping 24.9 percent to $99.9 million. Hardcover books didn’t do much better, falling 18.7 percent to $151.3 million.
Paperback books, on the other hand, grew 4.3 percent to $169.3 million, and, unsurprisingly, digital audio grew 30.1 percent to $20.4 million.
Publishers’ book sales for January 2016 were $991.7 million, down 6.7 percent from $1.06 billion in January 2015. These numbers include sales for all tracked categories (trade: fiction/non-fiction/religious, prek-12 instructional materials, higher education course materials, professional publishing and university presses).
Trade (consumer) books sales were $488.0 million in January 2016, down 13.7 percent from $565.4 million in January 2015. This includes childrens/YA books, adult books and religious books.
Educational materials grew 7.9 percent for k-12 instructional materials, and 2.2 percent for higher education materials.
Professional publishing, however, was down 19.8 percent. This segment includes business, medical, law, scientific and technical books and journals.
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