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From Shelf Awareness:

In December, net book sales fell 3.5%, to $1.52 billion, as reported by 77 publishers to the Association of American Publishers. E-books, which rose 72.1% over December 2010, gained the most of any category, but continued to grow at a slower rate than the category’s triple-digit gains earlier in the year. Adult mass market had the biggest drop, falling 40.9% to the same period a year earlier.

For the full year, net book sales fell 3.2%, to $11.276 billion. As in December, e-books were the strongest category, rising 117.3% while mass markets fell the most, down 35.9%.
DECEMBER 2011
Category Sales % Change
E-books $85 million 72.1%
Downloaded audiobooks $10.2 million 17.4%
Children’s YA/hardcover $67.1 million 12.3%
Religious books $52.4 million 3.1%
Audiobooks $12 million 0.6%
     
Higher ed $863.3 million -3.1%
Univ. press hardcover $4.8 million -7.1%
Adult hardcover $130.3 million -11.8%
Adult paperback $112.4 million -11.9%
Children’s YA/paperback $42 million -13%
Univ. press paperback $5.4 million -32%
Adult mass market $33.8 million -40.9%

 

2011
Category Sales % change
E-books $969.9 million 117.3%
Downloaded audiobooks $98.8 million 25.5%
Religious books $645.1 million 8.4%
     
Higher ed $4.542 billion -1.2%
Children’s YA/hardcover $661.9 million -4.7%
Univ. press hardcover $46.5 million -6.9%
Univ. press paperback $50.5 million -6.9%
Audiobooks $118.7 million -8.1%
Children’s YA/paperback $475 million -12.7%
Adult paperback $1.165 billion -15.6%
Adult hardcover $1.293 billion -17.5%
Adult mass market $431.5 million -35.9%

 

 
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