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Sales Stats

Book Revenues Down 3% in First 10 Months of 2013: AAP

Total Net Rev.

Adult F/NF

Children/YA

Religious

Total Trade*

YTD 2013

$3989.7 million

$1264.0 million

$462.5 million

$5716.2 million

YTD 2012

$4013.4 million

$1399.4 million

$480.4 million

$5893.2 million

YTD 2011

$3741.0 million

$1182.4 million

$504.7 million

$5428.1 million

According to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot report for the first ten months of 2013, publishers saw total trade sales take a three percent drop over the same period for 2012.

The report looked at net revenues for 1205 publishers from January through October 2013. The AAP also revealed that, “Adult F/NF Hardcover rose by +7.6%, downloaded audio by +15.3% and eBooks by +2.2%. In Children’s/YA, Trade Paperbacks grew by +7.7% and Board Books by +7.6%.”

The AAP chart embedded above shows total net revenue year to date broken out by category.

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Children’s & YA eBook Revenues Down Nearly 46%

According to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot report for the first half of 2013, publishers saw total trade sales take a six percent drop.

YA and children’s publishing saw steep declines as sales from 2012′s The Hunger Games blockbuster movie recede. Children’s and YA hardcover sales dipped nearly 32 percent and eBook sales dipped nearly 46 percent in the same category.

The AAP chart embedded above shows how the different young adult and children’s categories were affected from January to June 2013.

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Nielsen is Acquiring Bowker’s Business Intelligence

Nielsen has formed an agreement with R.R. Bowker to acquire Bowker’s Business Intelligence and Commerce Solutions products in a deal whose terms were not disclosed. The surprising move will allow Nielsen –the owner of Book Scan, BookData and BookNet — to provide both eBook and print data in one tool from one source.

Here is more from the press release:

Bowler’s industry-leading Business Intelligence and Commerce Solutions products will be integrated into Nielsen’s book portfolio upon completion of this acquisition. Nielsen will soon be able to measure the impact of eBook sales in the U.S. and UK and provide insights and trends around the volume and value of books sales by various demographic criteria. Nielsen will also be able to offer for the first time a B2B service that enables retailers to source and order books throughout the English-language book market. Read more

‘The Hunger Games’ Book Boost Fades

Total children’s and young adult trade sales sagged nearly 25 percent in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the same period last year when The Hunger Games swept through movie theaters.

However, as you can see by the Association of American Publishers’ (AAP) chart for children’s & YA sales from 2011-2013 embedded above, these sales were 22 percent higher than the same period in 2011.

The AAP has released its StatShot report from March 2013, looking at book sales for the first quarter of the year. Overall, total adult trade nonfiction and fiction sales rose 3.3 percent for the first quarter of 2013 (totalling more than $1 billion). The StatShot report included data from 1,192 publishers.

Philip K. Dick Leads Backlist Bestsellers at Library of America

For the first time in two years, the Library of America has updated its list of “all-time best-selling titles.”

Once again, Thomas Jefferson, Mark TwainAbraham LincolnWalt Whitman and Henry David Thoreau led that list of major sellers prestigious publisher. The Library of America also released a list of the top backlist bestsellers in 2012, and we’ve included the top ten below–a look at the new classics. Check it out:

Of course, the methodology of the above list favors titles that have been out longer; the most “recent” title in the top 15 was published in 1995. Readers might be interested seeing which “backlist titles” (i.e., volumes published prior to 2011) sold the most copies last year, in 2012.

(Via Edward Champion & Michael Orthofer)

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How Many Copies Make a Self-Published Bestseller?

GalleyCat readers constantly ask us: how many copies does it take to get on the Self Published Bestsellers List?

This is not an easy question to answer since all the major marketplaces for indie books carefully guard their sales figures. However, in Behind the Story: Interviews From 20 Self-Published Authors Who Made it BIG, author Denise Kim Wy managed to get sales figures from six different self-published authors.

We’ve included those sales figures below, complete with some quotes from the book. If you are an indie author and want to share how many copies you’ve sold, feel free to email GalleyCat a photograph to be included on this list.

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Adult Hardcover Revenues Down Nearly 7% in 2012

According to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot report for the calendar year of 2012, adult fiction and nonfiction hardcover net revenues dipped nearly seven percent in 2012 compared to the same period last year (AAP chart embedded above).

At the same time, all categories of children’s and YA literature grew last year. eBook revenues in this category increased by nearly 121 percent. (AAP chart embedded below). AppNewser has more about the growth of digital book sales since 2002. Here’s more from the release:

With the December figures now available, the AAP monthly “StatShot” report of publishers’ net revenue shows that for calendar year 2012, US Trade publishers’ net revenue grew by 6.2% as compared to calendar year 2011

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Children’s & YA Revenues Up Nearly 18%

 

According to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) monthly StatShot report for November 2012, year-to-date revenues in the children’s and young adult category rose nearly 18 percent to  compared to the same period last year (AAP chart embedded above).

Hardcover revenues alone in this category rose more than 16 percent to $773.4 million. For comparison, adult hardcover revenues sagged by more than 5 percent during that same period.

Only one trade category did not grow in the report. Total religion revenues were down, dropping nearly 4 percent for the year-to-date. We’ve embedded the children’s and young adult sales chart below…

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How Many Copies Make a Literary Bestseller?

In a long interview at The Onion‘s AV Club, novelist Neal Pollack gave readers a frank look at his bookselling track record.

He shared real numbers behind the career of a literary writer who achieved bestseller status and a big book deal. Aspiring writers should read the whole interview for more literary guidance.

What do you think–how many copies make a literary bestseller?

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Children’s & YA Hardcover Revenues Up Nearly 22%

According to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot report for October 2012, year-to-date hardcover sales in the children’s and young adult category rose nearly 22 percent compared to the same period last year–rising to $675.6 million.

In the same category, paperback sales sagged more than 5 percent and eBook revenues rose a whopping 160 percent during that same period. Counting sales in all these formats, children’s and YA sales were up nearly 19 percent for the year-to-date (AAP chart embedded above).

Meanwhile, adult fiction and nonfiction hardcover revenues decreased by more than two percent, mass market paperback sank 17 percent and eBooks increased nearly 36 percent compared to the same period last year. We’ve embedded the adult fiction and nonfiction chart below…

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