The United States book and journal publishing industry generated $27.78 billion in net revenue for 2015. This represents 2.71 billion units. The American Association of Publishers brought this interesting news to our attention in their release, “U.S. Publishing Industry’s Annual Survey Reveals Nearly $28 Billion in Revenue in 2015.”

StatShot Annual is a yearly statistical survey of publishing’s estimated size and scope. The data include sales and volume for all tracked categories, including trade (fiction/non-fiction/religious), K-12 instructional materials, higher education course materials, university presses and professional books.

StatShot Annual estimates the total size of the U.S. publishing industry by collecting sales data in dollars and units from nearly 1,800 active U.S. publishers. Data is collected directly from publishers, with the help of distributors.

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) represents about four hundred member organizations including major commercial, digital learning and education and professional publishers alongside independents, non-profits, university presses and scholarly societies.

Melody K. Smith

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