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 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.