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March book sales down

June 12, 2008

AAP reports March downturn for domestic book sales.

Book sales in March declined 11% to $462.1 million, based on data from 79 publishers as reported to the Association of American Publishers. Sales for the year to date rose 1.3% to $1.71 billion.

Stronger categories:

E-books rose 58.9% (with sales of $4.4 million).
Children’s/YA paperbacks were up 9.1% ($51.3 million).
Adult paperbacks sales rose 6.2% ($138.5 million).
El-Hi basal and supplemental K-12 gained 3.9% ($153.3 million).
Children’s/YA hardcovers increased 2.4% ($48.1 million).

Weaker categories:

Audiobooks fell 44% ($11 million).
Adult hardcovers were down 25.9% ($103.1 million).
Religious books decreased 25.5% ($47.6 million).
University press paperbacks dropped 14% ($3.7 million).
Adult mass market declined 10.9% ($67.4 million).
University press hardcovers fell 5.7% ($5.9 million).
Professional and Scholarly books were down 4.6% ($46.8 million).

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–msg

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