The sales of hardcover and softcover print books have increased by 3% in the first six months of 2017. Major and medium sized publishers have reported that the total sales in this period were $310.7 million, up from 302.8 million a year ago.
Adult nonfiction unit sales increased 2% over the first half of 2016, while adult fiction sales rose just under 1%. The lone bright spot was juvenile fiction, their sales increased by over 5% and juvenile nonfiction was up 4%.
One of the big reasons why adult sales did not enjoy the same type of success that juvenile did, was the lack of true bestseller. The top seller for the period was the backlist title Oh! The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss, which moved over 482,000 copies.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.