By Edward Nawotka
Perhaps fueled by people filling up the new e-readers they received over the holidays, e-book sales in January jumped a drastic 261.2% over the same period last year in the United States, according to the most recent statistics released by the AAP. As a category e-book sales equaled that of children’s/YA hardcover book sales, which fell 41.6%, demonstrating an interesting shift in sales patterns (kids don’t, apparently, get many books in January). Overall, sales fell 0.7%, to $814.9 million, compared to the same period last year.
Here’s the breakdown of sales, as compiled from data offered by some 85 publishers (thanks to Shelf-awareness.com for the chart):