E-book sales statistics for April 2009 have been released from the Association of American Publishers (AAP), who collects these statistics in conjunction with the International Digital Printing Forum (IDPF).
Trade e-book sales were $12,100,000 for April, a 228.3% increase over April 2008 ($3,700,000).
Calendar year-to-date sales are up 154.8%
Interesting to note it wasn’t until Q3 2008 that any quarter surpassed the $12,000,000 mark when total Q3 sales reached $13,900,000.
Previous high for any single month was March 2009 with wholesale trade sales of $10,000,000
Please keep in mind the following:
* This data represents United States revenues only
* This data represents only trade e-book sales via wholesale channels. Retail numbers may be as much as double the above figures due to industry wholesale discounts.
* This data represents only data submitted from approx. 12 to 15 trade publishers
* This data does not include library, educational or professional electronic sales
* The numbers reflect the wholesale revenues of publishers
* The definition used for reporting electronic book sales is "All books delivered electronically over the Internet OR to hand-held reading devices"
* The IDPF and AAP began collecting data together starting in Q1 2006