US e-book sales grew 3.8% in 2013, says AAP

E-book sales saw only a 3.8% increase in America in 2013, according to new statistics from the Association of American Publishers (AAP).

The organization said it had included full year information in its monthly “Statshot” sent to members yesterday (1st April) because “there has been so much interest paid to – and misinformation spun about – the unprecedented 2012 numbers and how 2013 would compare to the past few years’ track” recently.

According to the latest information, pooled from over 1,200 publishers, adult trade e-books (fiction and non-fiction) brought in $1.3bn in revenue in 2013, up 3.8% from $1.25bn in 2012. In 2012, the increase had been by 38.5% to $939.6. E-books now account for 27% of all adult trade sales in the US, up from 23% in 2012, the statistics revealed.

In contrast, children’s e-book sales fell 26.7% to $170.5m in 2013, in comparison to 2012 where they grew 61.8% to $232.5m.

The report also revealed that adult trade hardback book sales grew by 9.7% to $1.5bn, while paperback sales decreased by 9.3% to $1.36bn in 2013. Audiobooks downloads grew by 18.6% to $131.6m, up from 2012 when they grew by 33.5% to $111.0m.