Data from the annual BookStats study released by the Association of American Publishers and the Book Industry Study Group on Wednesday May 15 showed 457 million e-books were sold last year, accounting for 20 percent of all book sales reported by publishers. That’s up from 15 percent last year.
Sales of fiction e-books rose by 42 percent in 2012, while the growth in sales of nonfiction e-books was just 22 percent. Perhaps most telling, however, was the fact the “e-book sales in the children’s and young-adult categories increased 117 percent, to $469.2 million,” according to the New York Times.
The information is gathered from roughly 1,500 publishers that self-report data; the study doesn’t seem to include much data from indie publishers.
Other information from the study:
•Revenue from brick-and-mortar stores dropped 7 percent to $7.5 billion. Online retail outlets rose 21 percent to $6.9 billion.
•Hardcover nooks accounted for $5 billion in sales in 2012.
•Audiobooks saw a jump of 22 percent from 2011, increasing sales to $240.7 million.
•Since 2008, e-book sales are up 4,456 percent.
The full study is available in PDF format for (gulp) $995, or $695 for BISG or AAP members.