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AAP Releases September 2019 Statshot Report; Downloaded Audio Revenues Increase 24.3%; E-Book Revenues Down 1.3%

Association of American Publishers Releases September 2019 Statshot Report; Downloaded Audio Revenues Increase 24.3%; E-Book Revenues Down 1.3% (vs. Sept. 2018)

“From the Association of American Publishers:

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) today released its September 2019 StatShot reflecting reported revenue for all tracked categories, including Trade (consumer publications), K-12 Instructional Materials, Higher Education Course Materials, Professional Publishing and University Presses.

Overall publisher revenue for the month was $1.54 billion, an increase of 8.4% as compared to September of 2018. Total sales in 2019 so far were $11.4 billion, an increase of 4.0% over the same period last year.

Trade Categories

  • The Children and Young Adult category reached $243.4 million in revenues, an increase of 3.5% over the same month last year.
  • Adult books were $479.3 million, an increase of 3.5% compared to September 2018.

Sept. 2019

Sept. 2018

Percent Change

Adult Fiction/Non-Fiction

$479.3

$463.1

3.5%
Children’s/YA

$243.4

$235.2

3.5%

Religious Presses

$59.4

$61.3

-3.0%

Total Trade

$782.2

$759.5

3.0%

Trade Formats

  • Paper formats once again dominated Trade, accounting for $588.1 million, or 75.2% of the category’s $782.2 million in revenue for the month of September.
  • Among Paper formats, paperback books saw the most growth, climbing 9.1% compared to the same month last year.
  • Downloaded Audio increased 24.3% over the same month in 2018, coming in at $52.0 million for the month. The Downloaded Audio category has seen consistent growth every month since AAP began tracking it in 2012.
  • eBook revenues decreased by 1.3% as compared to September 2018, coming in at $82.5 million.

Trade Revenues By Format

(in millions)

Sept. 2019

Sept. 2018

Percent Change

Hardback

$335.5

$344.3

-2.6%

Paperback

$221.5

$203.0

9.1%

Mass Market

$14.9

$18.0

-17.4%

Board Books

$16.3

$18.4

-11.4%

eBooks

$82.5

$83.6

-1.3%

Downloaded Audio

$52.0

$41.8

24.3%

Physical Audio

$3.6

$3.9

-5.6%

Other

$55.9

$46.5

20.2%

Total

$782.2

$759.5

3.0%

Educational Materials

  • Pre-K-12 Instructional Materials stood out during the month, coming in at $267.2 million, an increase of 31.7% compared to the same period last year. September 2019 marked the seventh consecutive month that participating publishers have reported growth in the category.
  • Higher Ed Course Materials revenues were $437.4 million, an increase of 5.9% over the same period last year.

Total Sales

Sept. 2019

Sept. 2018

Percent Change

Adult Books

$479.3

$463.1

3.5%

Childrens & Young Adult Books

$243.4

$235.2

3.5%

Religious Presses

$59.4

$61.3

-3.0%

Professional Books

$44.7

$36.4

22.7%

K-12 Instructional Materials

$267.2

$203.0

31.7%

Higher Educational Course Materials

$437.4

$413.1

5.9%

University Presses

$4.3

$4.3

-0.5%

All Other

$3.5

$4.0

-11.2%

Total

$1,539.3

$1,420.3

8.4%

Professional Publishing

  • Professional Publishing, including Business, Medical and Law, Technical and Scientific, increased 22.7% during the period, reaching $44.7 million for the month.”

Stephen

 

Posted on: November 21, 2019, 1:13 pm Category: Uncategorized