Adult sales up, kids sales down in US
In the US, estimates from the AAP’s StatShot program show that sales of adult trade books increased slightly (0.4%) in the first nine months of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016, reports Publishers Weekly. Sales of children’s and young adult books fell 3.5% in the same nine-month period.
The AAP data showed that sales of adult hardcovers between January-September 2017 were up 7.3% compared to the same period in 2016, but that mass market paperbacks and trade paperbacks fell by 13.2% and 1.3%, respectively.
The results also showed that audio sales continued to grow—up 24.2% in the same period—while ebook sales in the January-September period fell by 5.5%.
In the children’s and young adult segment, both hardcover and ebook sales were affected by the sales success of 2016’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, with hardcover sales declining 8% in the first nine months of 2017, while ebook sales were down 11.5%.
The AAP receives sales figures for 1204 publishers. In the first nine months of 2017, sales for all publishers were down 0.5% compared to the same stretch in the previous year.