Highest earning print book genres in the U.S. 2017
The U.S. book market: an overviewAlthough many traditional industries are struggling to keep up with consumers’ growing demand for digital formats, retail sales of U.S. bookstores tend to reach between 650 and 750 million dollars per month. In the months of December, January, and August, such sales frequently either hit or surpass the 1.2 billion dollar mark, a trend which has been evident for the last five years.
However, whilst bookstore sales remain comparatively healthy, other elements of the U.S. book industry are suffering. Higher education book publishing revenue has dropped by more than one billion U.S. dollars since 2013, and student spending on course material also noticeably decreased during the same time period. Major chain Barnes & Noble hasn’t had it easy, either – the company’s retail sales have dropped consistently year on year since 2012 and show no signs of improving. Barnes & Noble’s e-reader brand NOOK also proved to be somewhat of a disappointment, with net sales taking a nosedive from over 930 million U.S. dollars in 2012 to less than 112 million in 2018.