Books Publishing Statistics: Highlights from 2012 Edition of BookStats
via the Association of American Publishers:
The 2012 edition, released in July 2012, includes data provided by 1977 publishers from all four industry sectors: Trade (fiction and non-fiction for adults and children), School/K-12, Higher Education and Professional/Scholarly Publishing. The survey is available for purchase in three versions: as a customizable interactive online dashboard, an executive summary providing major highlights and a full in-depth report including each area’s granular data.
Among the key highlights that emerged in BookStats 2012:
- In the overall Trade sector (encompassing Fiction and Non-Fiction for
Children, Young Adults and Adults), eBooks’ net sales revenue more
than doubled in 2011 vs 2010. This significant growth was particularly
fueled by eBooks’ performance in the Adult Fiction segment where, for
the first time, it ranked #1 for the year in net revenue among all
individual print and electronic formats.
- Among categories, both Religion and Children’s/Young Adults showed
strong growth while Children’s/YA ranked as the fastest-growing category
in publishing in 2011.
- Despite the negative impact of Borders’ bankruptcy and closures, particularly on print book sales, through three quarters of 2011, the Trade market held up equal with 2010 revenue figures, even showing a slight increase.
- Brick-and-mortar retail remains the #1 sales distribution channel for
publishers in 2011, as it did in 2010. Publishers’ revenue from
direct-to-consumer sales nearly doubled, topping $1 billion
for the first time.
The U.S. book market declined 2.5 percent in 2011 as sales of e-books, which are lower priced than printed works, more than doubled within the category that includes fiction and nonfiction.
Publishers generated $27.2 billion in book sales, down from $27.9 billion in 2010, according BookStats, an annual report produced by the Association of American Publishers and the Book Industry Study Group. Units sold rose 3.4 percent to 2.77 billion.
Online retail grew 35 percent to $5.04 billion. Revenue for publishers selling directly to consumers through websites almost doubled to $1.11 billion, according to the report.
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