Religion category gains while overall book sales drop

Sales of adult trade books dropped 2.8% in the first half of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, according to figures released by the Association of American Publishers. Items of note: the religion category had a sales gain in the period, with sales up 10.4%. Sales in the children’s/young adult segment, rose 0.9% in the same period. Downloadable audio had the fastest growth in the period, up 32.6%. The largest decline in the six-month span came in the e-book format, where sales fell 18.1%. (selected from www.publishersweekly.com 11/16/16) (December 2016)

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