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

In 2019, mass market paperback sales decreased by almost eight million with just under 42.69 million units sold that year, compared to the 50.4 million sold in 2018. Hardcover printed books and board books were the only two formats to see an increase in unit sales, and physical audio book sales fell by 28.6 percent year on year.

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

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Release date

January 2019


United States

Survey time period

2013 to 2019

Special properties

based on data from outlets that report to Nielsen BookScan

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