The annual Audie Awards program for audiobooks, now in its 26th year, prepares for a digital awards ceremony on March 22, having started with some 1,500 submissions in the pandemic year.
Jurors in the 26th annual Audie Awards will have collectively encountered more than 14,000 hours of narration to make their 2021 selections.
An unusual dip for downloaded audiobooks plays into the November 2020 StatShot book sales figures from the Association of American Publishers.
The pandemic summer continues to produce strong book sales results for most US trade publishing sectors, according to AAP StatShot figures.
Nonfiction continues strong in the American market amid the traditional August slowdown, and ahead of a release-heavy autumn.
In the AAP’s StatShot for June and NPD’s report on the first week of August, US book sales show resilience during the coronavirus pandemic.
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.