Domestic Book Sales Flat for 2006
Overall year-to-date book sales in 2006 showed little to no growth over the previous year’s numbers, according to the most recent sales figures released this week by the Association of American Publishers (AAP), the national trade association for the book publishing industry.
Although gains were seen in most categories, and net sales for November 2006 were up by 3.2 percent compared to October 2006, the overall net sales of $8.6 billion remained in line with those of 2005.
Adult paperbacks (9.7 percent) and e-books (9.2 percent) saw the biggest drops in percentage of sales compared to the previous month’s figures, according to AAP. Both, however, were among the categories with the most growth overall for year.
December’s sales numbers, which were not included in the above figures and include the majority of the holiday shopping season, will be released by the AAP next month.