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 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%.
In the US, sales of books for adults and education were up in May, as children’s books slid again, per AAP’s StatShot.
AAP’s StatShot shows the United States market’s trade revenues were down 2.0 percent in the first four months, at US$2.8 billion.
The AAP StatShot figures for March 2023 arrive with trade revenues up 0.2 percent for the month of March, 1.1 percent year-to-date.
Both adult fiction and adult nonfiction book sales grew in May, Circana BookScan reports, despite an overall decline across the US book market.
Still 8.6 percent above 2019’s total revenues, the US market in 2022 was 2.6 percent below 2021’s revenue level, the AAP reports.
The Circana Books Media Report for the week ending May 13 discusses ‘some complicated drivers’ behind US book sales this Mother’s Day.
In books for adults as a sub-category, audio surpassed ebooks for the first time, according to February’s StatShot.
The month of April in the States, per Circana data tracking, saw only 11 ‘designated market areas’ in truth growth this spring.