The final 2021 report from the Association of American Publishers shows December up 2.8 percent over December 2020, at US$1.1 billion.
The pandemic summer continues to produce strong book sales results for most US trade publishing sectors, according to AAP StatShot figures.
Having risen by a slim 1.1 percent over 2018, the US book industry logged $25.63 billion in revenue in 2019, according to the AAP Statshot annual report.
In looking at the May StatShot report just released by the AAP, not only is there a 12.1-percent drop in sales year-over-year but also drop-offs in returns.
The year-to-date view from the latest AAP StatShot report is better looking than the month-over-month comparison of November in 2018 and 2019.
Children’s books see a handsome bump of more than 20 percent in October, year over year, as US higher education course materials drop almost 70 percent.