Okay, maybe not an explosion but in this anorexic economy, some very big
– and positive -  news…


 YA sales are up!
Here’s the scoop from Galley Cat:

According to Association of American Publishers (AAP) sales figures, adult hardcover sales decreased 6.5 percent in October compared to the same period last year–sales in this category totaled $242.9 million for the month. In September, the same category saw a 40 percent decrease in sales.
 “In the children’s book category, Hardcover Children’s/YA sales showed an increase of 13.9 percent over October of last year with sales of $100 million; however, year-to-date sales decreased by 11.1 percent. Children’s/YA Paperback sales are down by 3.3 percent in October with sales totaling $50.9 million; sales fell 6.5 percent for the year to date.”
Overall book sales marked a slight decrease of 0.9 percent compared to the same period last year. Overall sales totaled $721 million for the month. eBookNewser has more about dramatic increases in eBook sales.
Okay, so Year to Date sales are down, but with October significantly up and the holiday season upon us, this could be a growing upswing – at least for the rest of the year. 
It’s terrific news for writers and readers! 
And remember…
If you’re looking for a holiday gift – Books are the BEST!


  1. Kari says:

    I second that last sentiment–there are more than a few books under my Christmas tree! And someone recently mentioned books as stocking stuffers, which I think is ten times better than candy (but that’s just me…)

    Great news, anyway!

  2. Small Review says:

    This is good news. I wonder what book sales look like if you combine hardcover, paperback, and ebook sales. It would be interesting to see if book buying over the year is lower this year compared to last, or if it just seems that way because more people are embracing ebooks.

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