The Association of American Publishers has proclaimed that eBook sales were down 24.9% in January and the format generated $99.9 million in revenue. It looks like the e-book decline from 2015, has carried over into 2016.
Big Picture Data:
- Publishers’ book sales for Jan. 2016 were $991.7 million, down 6.7% from $1.06 billion in Jan. 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 Jan. 2016, down 13.7% from $565.4 million in Jan. 2015. This includes Childrens/YA Books, Adult Books and Religious Books.
o Adult Books had $338.9 million in sales in Jan. 2016, down 12.9% from $389.2 million.
o Childrens/YA Books had $111.7 million in sales in Jan 2016, down 20.4% from $140.3 million.
o Religious Presses grew by 4.2%, up to $37.5 million from $36.0 million.
Format Trends for Trade
- Trends appeared to continue from 2015. In Jan. 2016 vs Jan. 2015:
o Paperback books grew 4.3% to $169.3 million and downloaded audio grew 30.1% to $20.4 million.
o eBooks were down 24.9% to $99.9 million and hardback books declined 18.7% to $151.3 million.
Educational Materials and Professional Books
- Educational Materials had gains of 7.9% for K-12 Instructional Materials and 2.2% for Higher Education Course Materials, in Jan. 2016 vs Jan. 2015.
- Professional Publishing was down 19.8% in Jan. 2016 vs Jan. 2015 which includes business, medical, law, scientific and technical books and journals.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and Verge.