Sales of adult trade books rose 2.6% in May 2017 over May 2016, while sales in the children’s/YA segment increased 11.8%, according to AAP’s StatShot report. Within the adult segment, after a long decline, e-books finally posted a monthly sales increase over the prior year with May sales of the format up 3.4%. Downloadable audio had another good month, with sales up 32.2%. For the year to date in the adult category, sales were up 1.6% over the first five months of 2016, led by gains in downloadable audio and hardcover, which offset declines in paperback. The 11.8% increase in the May children’s/YA category was led by gains of 15.1% and 11.3%, respectively, in hardcover and paperback. Sales for the 1,204 publishers who report to StatShot had a 4.6% May increase and a 4.3% gain in the first five months of the year.

Category Change May 2017 v. May 2016 YTD Adult Hard -5.5% 8.8% Adult Paper 3.1% -1.3% Mass Market 7.4% -16.0% Physical Audio -4.8% 5.1% Audio Download 32.2% 26.1% Adult E-book 3.4% -2.9% Children’s/YA 11.8% 0.0% Religious Presses 2.5% 4.1% Professional -1.9% 2.7% K–12 Materials 5.5% 1.8% Higher Ed. 3.1% 22.6% University Presses 7.3% 0.9%