Audiobook industry size in the U.S. 2009-2018

Data on the size of the audiobook industry in the United States in 2018 showed audiobook sales amounting to 940 million U.S. dollars. Whilst this figure may seem like a dramatic decrease from previous years, the source confirmed that this was a 24.5 percent increase on 2017, however for 2018 changed its reporting to better reflect the industry and align its figures more closely with other reports. The source also noted that there has been a seven year trend of double-digit revenue growth in audiobooks.

Audiobook sales revenue in the United States from 2009 to 2018

Revenue in billion U.S. dollars
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Release date

July 2019


United States

Survey time period

2009 to 2018

Special properties

based on data from APA members - projected to cover the entire U.S. market

Supplementary notes

*For 2018, the source changed its reporting of the market size to reflect responding publisher receipts rather than estimated consumer dollars, in order to align more closely with other book industry reports.
Figures prior to 2018 come from earlier reports.

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