The American Publishers Association just just posted their bookselling results from January to August 2017. Audiobooks had another strong month with revenues up 27.6% in August 2017 compared to August 2016, and was up 30.2% year-to-date. eBooks continued to decline overall compared to August 2016 -7.1%, and are down year-to-date -5.3%.
Revenues for print book formats were mostly up in August, with revenues flat for paperback books (-0.2%) and growth in all other print book categories. For the year-to-date revenues for print has been mixed, with mass market book declining by -11.4% to $207 million and hardback books increasing by 1.9% to $1.474 billion.
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.