E-books Declined 4.6% and Audio Grew 32.0% in 2017. (Good e-Reader, 10/26/2017)
Although e-book sales are no longer declining in double digit figures for the past year, print sales continue to soar. This has been a boon for bookstores all over the United States, especially indie shops. According to the American Booksellers Association, independent bookstores are thriving — with a 25% increase in ABA membership since 2009. Bookstore sales are up 6.1% since January 2016, the U.S. Census Bureau reports.
9/13/2017 update, " January-April 2016-2017 book sales comparison: revenues and percentage change", starts here.
Downloaded Audio Up 34.4% in April 2017. (AAP, 9/11/2017)
8/2/2017 update, "2016-2017 1st quarter book sales comparison: revenues and percentage change", starts here.
AAP reports book sales revenue up 4.9% in Q1, while eBook sales revenue falls 5.3%. (Talking New Media, 8/1/2017)
2/24/2017 update starts here.
AAP: Print and audiobook sales revenue increase through first 3 quarters of 2016, but eBook sales by member publishers falls 18.7%. (Talking New Media, 2/24/2017)
2/16/2017 update starts here.
eBooks sales were down 18.9% from January to August 2016. (Good Ereader, 1/25/2017)
12/20/2016 update starts here.
E-Book sales were down 19.2% and Audio up by 31.1% in July 2016. (Good Ereader, 12/20/2016)
11/16/2016 update starts here.
AAP: US book sales down 3.4% in first half of 2016; eBook sales down 20% through June. (Talking New Media, 11/15/2016)
10/20/2016 update, "Snapshot of May 2015/2016 book sales", starts here.
Source: Talking New Media
10/5/2016 update, "Snapshot of April 2015/2016 book sales", starts here.
Or 'statshot', if you will.
Book Sales Down 7% in April: AAP StatShot. (GalleyCat, 10/4/2016)
Original 9/23/2016 post, "Digital audiobooks are kicking butt", starts here.
And so is Carl Hiaasen.
Audiobooks Turn More Readers Into Listeners as E-Books Slip. (The New York Times, 9/23/2016)
Possible contributing factors to overall 2.7% decline in revenue.
- No 'monster' bestseller, a la "The Girl on a Train", which sold 2,000,000 copies in the first 4 months of 2015.
- Adult coloring book fad fadeout. Sales increased to 12,000,000 in 2015, uip from 1,000,000 in 2014.
- Increase in downloadable audiobook sales. (Since my wife started to ride the bus to work, she has abandoned ebooks for audiobooks.)
As for me, I still check out audiobooks at the public library.
Pew Research: Print books remain the preferred format for reading. (9/5/2016)
Year-to-date book sales comparison. (7/29/2016)
Snapshot of 2014/2015 comparable book sales by general format. (4/28/2016)
Overall, sales of print books are up for 2nd year in a row. (2/22/2016)
The fact of the matter is that net sales of hardback and paperback books have held relatively steady for the past 5 years. (1/28/2016)
Print continues to hold its own. (1/21/2015)
Is this the future of e-books? (8/27/2014)
Who's reading ebooks (by household income). (7/20/2014)
Ebook digital subscription services: Is it a bjargain? (7/20/2014)
Which is what you would have predicted after reading "In So Many Words" in March 1997. (5/28/2014)
Amazon delivers the "Lesley Gore" ultimatum. (4/25/2014)
The boom is over for ebooks. (4/2/2014)
Ebooks and the hype of emerging technology: Have we finally reached the slope of enlightenment? (3/11/2014)
Pew Research report on e-reading. (1/16/2014)
Book sales update as of October 2013. (1/10/2014)
The 24-hour news recycle: Mein Kampf edition. (1/7/2014)