The trend of more moderate growth for ebooks in the U.S. in 2012 abated slightly in Oct. as sales of adult trade ebooks were up 41% versus the same period last year — more than the 30.7% growth ebooks showed in Sept. It’s still much less than the triple-digit sales growth seen in ebooks in previous years. Growth in children’s ebooks continued to moderate to a 42.4% growth rate in the month, retreating from early-year triple-digit gains.
Ebook growth continued to slow slightly across the book trade in August as children’s ebooks retreated from an early year surge that saw the segment up in triple digits. Children’s ebook sales only grew by about 50% in August; ebooks sales for adult trade books was up 34%, according to the latest numbers from the Association of American Publishers.
Growth in children’s ebook publishing revenues in the U.S. showed signs of slowing from a stupendous rate earlier in the year, perhaps affected by the Hunger Games ebook sales tapering off. Adult trade ebook growth in July was in line with figures from the rest of the year which show a steep drop-off from triple-digit growth rates of the past few years, according to new figures from the Association of American Publishers.
Sales of children’s e-books made huge strides in the first half of the year even as growth in adult trade e-books slowed, according to the latest publishing sales numbers from the Association of American Publishers. Revenues for trade paperback books sagged, presumably losing sales to e-book buyers.
E-book revenue in March across adult, children and young adult and religious titles was up nearly 50% as digital publishing continues to grow across the book business. Downloaded audio books for adults were also up nearly 50%. Overall, revenue in the book trade was down in the March 2012 versus March 2011.
Sales of e-books by U.S. publishers to readers in other countries increased to $21.5 million in 2011 from $4.9 million in 2010, a 333% increase, according to a report released today from the Association of American Publishers. At the same time, print sales by U.S. publishers for foreign readers increased by 2.3% to $335.9 million.
Total trade revenues were up to $503.5 million in January 2012 from $396 million in January 2011, a 27.1% increase, according to the latest figures from the Association of American Publishers. E-books led the way with $128.8 million in revenue in January 2012 versus $73.2 million in January 2011, a 76% increase.