Posted by: Kathy Temean | December 30, 2014

Book Sales Results for January to September 2014

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This illustration was sent in by Michelle Kogan to help get us in the festive mood for the New Year. Michelle teaches art, and in the summers spends a good amount of time painting plien air in gardens and nature venues in the Chicago area, including the Chicago Botanic Garden, Lurie Garden in Millennium Park, and the Lincoln Park Conservatory. http://www.michellekogan.com

As reported by Publishers Marketplace: Trade book sales as measured by the AAP turned significantly negative for the first time all year in September, ratifying concerns that the lack of new breakout hits might weigh on consumer traffic and sales during the most important months of the year. Total trade sales of $618 million were down $44 million (or 7 percent), compared to $662 million a year.

Adult sales, which have been soft all year, accounted for all of the decline and then some, down $58.5 million (or 12 percent). Once again, hardcover sales — or weak frontlist — fell the most, down $41.3 million. Children’s and YA sales continued to gain though less so than in previous months, up $15 million (or 9 percent), to $183 million. (Those gains will likely be moderate for the rest of the year, as comparisons will get more difficult versus Veronica Roth’s breakout in late 2013.)

eBook sales also followed their pattern from previous months: Adult ebook revenues were flat at $106 million, as children’s ebook sales gained $3.7 million, to $17 million.

Trade sales are still in positive territory for the year, up 3 percent, though current indications point towards finishing 2014 flat or down slightly.

Here is our cumulative comparison chart for the year so far:

Month Adult Sales Change vs. 2013 Children’s/YA Sales Change vs. 2013 eBook Sales Change vs. 2013
January $362 million +$10 million $144 million +$44 million $137 million +$15.5 million
February $325 million +$6 million $137 million +$35 million $134 million +$6 million
March $316.5 million -$23.5 million $133 million +$22 million $108.5 million -$7.5 million
April $363 million -$20 million $128 million +$24 million $138.5 million +$19.5 million
May $371 million -$37 million $154 million +$39 million $120 million +$3 million
June $367.5 million -$3 million $129 million +$18.5 million $129 million +$11 million
July $367 million +$13 million $133 million +$15 million $127 million +$6.5 million
August $415 million +$8 million $179 million +$29 million $124.5 million +$2.5 million
September $435 million -$58.5 million $183 million +$15 million $123 million +$4 million

 

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. Wow, look at Kidlit kicking some butt here! I love when you put up stuff like this, Kathy🙂 Thanks!

    • Donna,

      Hope you had a nice New Year. Wishing you the very best in 2015.

      Kathy

      • …and to you, too, Kathy…of course😀

  2. The increase in kidlit sales is very inspiring as I am a member of theSCBWI and working on a work-in-progress in kidlit.

    • Kay Marie,

      Wishing you the best of luck with the book you are working on.

      Kathy

  3. Hi Kathy, Interesting figures here… Thanks for featuring my illustration, and Happy New Year!

    • Michelle,

      You should work on coming up with a children’s portfolio in 2015 and putting up on your website. I thought I had featured you on Illustrator Saturday, but I looked all over and it doesn’t look like I did. Let’s try to make that happen this year. Thank you so much for the illustrated cards. They were such a nice surprise. Now I won’t have to be so stingy with sending them out. Wishing you a great, successful 2015!

      Kathy


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