Print book unit sales in the U.S. 2013-2019, by category

Adult fiction book sales decreased between 2018 and 2019 by 2.9 percent, with 2019 unit sales amounting to just over 130 million, down from 134 million in the previous year. Nonfiction books in the adult and juvenile categories were less hard hit than fiction books, and juvenile nonfiction unit sales actually increase by 4.5 percent between 2018 and 2019, and have been going from strength to strength for the last few years.

Unit sales of printed books in the United States from 2013 to 2019, by category

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Release date

January 2019


United States

Survey time period

2013 to 2019

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based on data from outlets that report to Nielsen BookScan

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