Are books still selling?

U.S. publishers sold 825.7 million print books in 2021, up 8.9% over the previous year, but Pew data shows that the share of Americans who read print books remained flat over that period, with readers increasingly picking up e-books and audiobooks.

Are sales of books declining?

Both publishers and booksellers celebrated the news that print book sales were up 9.1 percent last year. According to Publishers Weekly, booksellers sold 825.7 million books in 2021, up from 757.9 million in 2020.

Do people still buy books in 2021?

U.S. publishers sold 825.7 million print books in 2021, up 8.9% over the previous year, but Pew data shows that the share of Americans who read print books remained flat over that period, with readers increasingly picking up e-books and audiobooks.

Will bookstores make a comeback?

Independent bookstores aren’t just back, they’re thriving. As other small retailers struggle to compete with big box stores and online shoppers, how do indie booksellers continue to attract and maintain a loyal base of customers?

Are books in decline?

Total book reading is declining significantly, although not at the rate of literary reading. The percentage of the U.S. adult population reading any books has declined by -7 percent over the past decade. dropped dramatically over the past 20 years. Less than half of the adult American population now reads literature.

Did book sales increase 2020?

The AAP estimated that overall book sales in 2020 topped $25.71 billion, just 0.2 percent lower than in 2019, and in line with StatShot reports for the past five years showing annual American book publishing revenues holding steady at $25–26 billion.

Are books still sold?

According to the “Association of American Publishers’ StatShot Annual Report for Calendar Year 2018,” book publishers based in the U.S. had net revenue of $25.82 billion and sold 2.71 billion units. That is billion with a “B.” This means that in 2018 86 books were sold every second or 5,160 books per minute.

Do people still make books?

It might be a surprise, but for most people, old school print on paper still wins. Publishers of books in all formats made almost $26 billion in revenue last year in the U.S., with print making up $22.6 billion and e-books taking $2.04 billion, according to the Association of American Publishers’ annual report 2019.

Will publishing sales grow again?

After increasing 8% in 2020 and 9% in 2021, it is unlikely that unit sales of print books will grow again in 2022, said Kristen McLean, executive director and industry analyst for NPD/BookScan Books Group in a January 26 webinar.

Is there a paper shortage for books?

Print book sales were up 18% in the first half of 2021, according to NPD BookScan, a group that tracks the industry. But keeping up with that demand has been a challenge for publishers and retailers. They’re dealing with the same labor and supply chain snags as everyone else — plus a paper shortage.


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