New data from GfK indicates a 7.0-percent drop in the number of Germany’s ebook buyers, January through June 2023.
Year-to-date, the United States’ industry’s trade revenues were down 1.8 percent, at US$4.8 billion for the first seven months of the year.
The August assessment of Circana BookScan’s Kristen McLean shows romance leading a drop in United States print book sales.
The year’s first half showed US book sales up, but June revenue was down 0.9%, at $4.1 billion; children’s and YA were down 6.3%.
Despite overall flat sales this July, Circana reports that the US book market also saw some frontlist gains and new voices on the bestseller list.
The annual report from Spain’s publishers describes a 10th consecutive year of growth for the country’s book market, at €2.7 billion.
In the US, sales of books for adults and education were up in May, as children’s books slid again, per AAP’s StatShot.
The German book market faces a perplexing set of circumstances, resulting in an overall performance down -1.9 percent in 2022.
French publishers report that unit sales fell in 2022 by -7.7 percent over those sales in 2021. Editorial production was down by -2.9 percent.
In US print unit sales, Kristen McLean sees a 12-percent gain over the same time frame in 2019, if 8.6 million units below 2022’s number.