It was announced that trade books had their sixth consecutive month of growth in September, which added to a slight year-to-date growth. The American Association of Publishers (AAP) released this good news this past week titled, “Publisher Book Sales Were $11.13 Billion in the First Three Quarters of 2016.”

The first three quarters of 2016 saw slight growth in trade books. Increases in children & young adult books and religious presses added to the year-to-date growth trend in those categories. Higher education course materials also saw their first increase in some time, with growth of 9.2% vs. September 2015.

Publisher net revenue is tracked monthly by the AAP and includes sales data from more than 1,200 publishers. These figures represent publishers’ net revenue for the United States.

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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