Since the economic crisis struck, and maybe even before it people have been predicting the death of the publishing industry especially anything written on paper. In America the June sales figures (published on the blog Shelf Awareness) tell a different story.
E-book exploded 136.2% to $14 million.
Higher education climbed 60.6% to $357.2 million.
Adult mass market jumped 30.9% to $94.2 million.
Adult paperback rose 15.7% to $132.6 million.
Adult hardcover climbed 12.6% to $132.1 million.
Children's/YA paperback was up 1.1% to $46.3 million.
Children's/YA hardcover fell 2.8% to $47.8 million.
University press paperback dropped 7.4% to $3.4 million.
Professional and scholarly fell 11.7% to $55.9 million.
Audiobook slipped 17.3% to $12.9 million.
University press hardcover slumped 20.1% to $3.3 million.
Religious books fell 22% to $41.7 million.
A closer look at these figures are actually quiet inspiring. Adult paperbacks up 15.7%, Adult hardcovers up 12.6%, Adult mass market up 30.9%.
So- begone all doomsday-ers! The Book Lives On!!
(Okay I know I didn't mention the 136.2% increase in eBooks but that really doesn't mean paper books are dead. It doesn't.)