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Book Publisher Revenues Flat for First Three Quarters of 2017

7 February 2018

From The Association of American Publishers:

For the first three quarters of the year publishers’ revenues (sales to bookstores, wholesalers, direct to consumer, online retailers, etc.) were flat (-0.5%) compared to the same period in 2016. Trade books saw slightly declining revenues (-0.9%) for the year-to-date.

The book publishing industry’s largest category (31.1% of the market) Adult Books – was flat (+0.4%) for the year-to-date. Conversely, both Children’s and Young Adult Books (-3.5%) and Religious Presses (-3.3%) saw declines.

The categories with the most growth were those with small shares of the overall book publishing market -Professional Books (+6.2%) and University Presses (+4.6%).

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Downloaded audio has been growing by double digits over the past three years, and the first three quarters of 2017 reflect continued growth, with publisher revenue up +26.2%.

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Publisher revenues for eBooks generally decline, with publisher revenues down -5.5% for the first three quarters of 2017 vs 2016.

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Publisher net revenue is tracked monthly by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and includes sales data from about 1,200 publishers.

Link to the rest at The Association of American Publishers

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2 Comments to “Book Publisher Revenues Flat for First Three Quarters of 2017”

  1. (Update on the Whiteboard.)

    One indy author/publisher is selling books. Frankly, it looks like he’s doing better than a lot of authors on Amazon. I have to wonder if printing your own book might be worthwhile.

    Wednesday Book Update:
    Feb 7 at 3:04am
    Figured I’d give you ladies and gents a proper update, since there’s a limit to how much I can stuff into a comic strip header. 🙂
    As noted in Tuesday’s strip (now switched back to a regular strip-only pic) you people swamped me but good. 🙂 I made three trips to the Post Office on Monday, and three more on Tuesday, both days packing, boxing and labeling as fast as I could.

    I hope I haven’t made any major mistakes, but if you discover something amiss with your order, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line at doc@docsmachine.com

    The two things that are the most delayed right now, are overseas orders, since I have to actually stand in line at the Post Office and the nice lady there has to manually enter the info for the Customs forms (I do all other postage online) and the sketches, since I prefer to sit down and do a proper drawing, not just rush out a scribble and call it good.

    So I’ve only been doing 4 to 6 overseas packages a day, so I don’t hold up the line at the PO too long (and that 4-6 is still typically at least 15 minutes at the counter) and I’ve been doing the sketches in the evenings, just before doing the strip.

    I’m only about 11 overseas packages behind, so hopefully the last of the current backlog will be out by no later than Thursday.

    The sketches I’m doing as fast as I can, but everybody wants sketches. 🙂

    I’d like to thank you all again for your patronage- in both uses of the word here 🙂 – and generosity. I wish I’d gone this route sooner, but what’s done is done.

    Pass the books around, tell a friend about TWB, let’s spread the word. 🙂


    • 1. He has a website, a big website (docsmachine.com) which is dedicated to paintball and paintball guns. He is well known and has been doing it for 20 years. His audience finds him because of his special interest website.

      2. He has a webcomic about paintball on the site.

      3. The books are collections of webcomics.

      So what does that prove about anything?

      (ETA- this is fascinating though… http://www.docsmachine.com/nonPB/mortar.html )

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