The US book publishing industry generated $27.01 billion in net revenue in 2013, selling 2.59 billion units, according to a new report from the Association of American Publishers and BISG. This was down slightly from $27.12 billion in net revenue and 2.62 billion units in 2012.
BookStats Volume 4 revealed that the trade sector, which includes consumer fiction and nonfiction generated $14.63 billion in net revenue and represented 2.32 billion units sold. This was down slightly from 2012, in which the category brought in $14.98 billion in net revenue and 2.36 units were sold.
Here is more from the press release: “For 2013, Adult Non-Fiction was the fastest-growing Trade category, surpassing Juvenile (Children’s/Young Adult) which had been the growth leader for the past two years. In formats, eBooks hit record volume numbers while revenue was flat; downloaded audiobooks hit all-time highs in both revenue and units. In sales channels, publishers’ net revenue from sales of digital and print content via online retail is now ahead of revenue from brick-and-mortar retail.”