|Religious books sales see varied results, e-books up again|
|Monday, 10 September 2012 11:00 PM EDT|
Faith-based publishers reported a 15% increase in May from religious e-books compared to the same month last year, continuing a pattern from previous months, according to the latest figures available from the Association of American Publishers (AAP). The category also saw a rise of more than 41% for the year to date versus January-May 2011, with sales of nearly $53 million.
In contrast, religious paperback sales experienced a 31% decrease for the year to date versus January-May 2011, with sales of more than $72 million. In the same date range, religious hardcover sales were down 1.2%, with sales of $122 million. Overall, book sales from religious publishers for the year to date versus the same time frame in 2011 saw almost a 7% drop to more than $266 million.
Religious hardcover sales were down more than 21% in May over the same month the previous year to $21.6 million, while religious paperback sales decreased more than 11% for the same period, totaling nearly $16 million. Overall, book sales from religious presses saw a 12.6% decline to nearly $49 million in May over the same month the previous year.
With 1,188 publishers reporting, AAP's Monthly StatShot report included data from Concordia Publishing House, Gospel Light, Moody Publishers, NavPress, Thomas Nelson and Tyndale House Publishers, among others in the Christian market.