May 21, 2019

New Data From AAP: Publisher Revenue Increased by 7.2% in February 2019; Ebooks Down 3.5%; Downloaded Audio Up 36.5%

From the Association of American Publishers (AAP):

Overall participating publisher revenue was $754.0 million in February 2019, an increase of $50.8 million (+7.2%) compared to 2018, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot Monthly report. For the first two months of 2019, publisher revenue was $1.82 billion for all tracked categories (Trade, PreK-12 Instructional Materials, Higher Education Course Materials, Professional Publishing and University Presses.)

Trade Publishing

In the first two months of 2019, publisher net revenue for trade (consumer) books, including sales to bookstores, wholesalers, direct to consumer, online retailers, etc., was $1.06 billion, an increase of 3.2% from January-February in 2018. Increased revenue for Religious Presses (20.8%) and Children’s/Young Adult (7.5%) offset a decline (-1.0%) in Adult Books as compared to the same period in 2018.

January – February Trade Book Revenue (in millions)

Jan. – Feb. 2019

Jan. – Feb. 2018

Percent Change

Adult Fiction/Non-Fiction

$672.1

$678.8

-1.0%

Children’s/YA

$269.5

$250.6

7.5%

Religious Presses

$119.1

$98.6

20.8%

Total Trade

$1,060.7

$1,027.9

3.2%

February 2019 saw strong gains for hardback books, with revenue increasing 18.0% from the prior year to $172.9 million, due to across-the-board increases in each of the trade categories. Hardback Adult Books increased 13.4%, hardback Children’s Young/Adult increased 16.4% and hardback books from Religious Presses increased 29.3% compared to February 2018.

January – February Trade Revenue by Format (in millions)

Jan. – Feb. 2019

Jan.- Feb. 2018

Percent Change

Hardback

$357.3

$346.7

3.0%

Paperback & Mass Market

$358.9

$363.1

-1.2%

eBooks

$166.5

$172.5

-3.5%

Downloaded Audio

$90.5

$66.3

36.5%

Physical Audio

$4.9

$6.5

-24.5%

Board Books

$23.4

$20.3

15.2%

Other

$59.2

$52.5

12.6%

Total Trade

$1,060.7

$1,027.9

3.2%

Education and Scholarly Publishing

In February 2019, revenues for participating education and scholarly publishers were $232.8 million, relatively flat (+1.0%) compared to February 2018. Both Higher Education course materials (+10.7%) and University Presses (+6.5%) saw increases year-over-year compared to February 2018.

February Education and Scholarly Publishing (in millions)

Jan. – Feb. 2019

Jan. – Feb. 2018

Percent Change

Higher Ed Course Materials

$557.4

$556.3

0.2%

PreK-12 Instructional Materials

$119.5

$128.9

-7.3%

Professional Books

$64.4

$79.0

-18.5%

University Presses

$8.5

$9.6

-11.3%

Total

$749.8

$773.8

-3.1%

Publisher net revenue, including sales to bookstores, wholesalers, direct to consumer, online retailers, etc., is tracked monthly by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and includes revenue from about 1,373 publishers, with participation subject to change over time. The StatShot Annual, Higher Education Annual, and PreK-12 Annual reports for 2017 are available for purchase; additional information about them can be found here.

Gary Price About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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