Posted Wednesday, July 18, 2012
BookStats Annual Survey, Capturing Size and Scope, Released
Annual Survey Captures Size and Scope of U.S. Publishing IndustryNew York, NY (July 18, 2012) -- The e-book phenomenon continued in 2011 with e-books ranking, for the first time, as the year's #1 individual format for Adult Fiction; Children's/Young Adult titles showed the strongest performance among categories; brick-and-mortar stores remain the biggest sales channel; and direct-to-consumer saw strong growth according to BookStats 2012, the most comprehensive annual survey of the size and scope of the U.S. publishing industry.
BookStats, examining U.S. publishers' annual net sales revenues and net units, is co-produced by the Association of American Publishers and the Book Industry Study Group.
The 2012 edition, released in July 2012, includes data provided by 1,977 publishers from all four industry sectors: Trade (fiction and non-fiction for adults and children), School/K-12, Higher Education, and Professional/Scholarly Publishing. The survey is available for purchase in three versions: as a customizable interactive Online Data Dashboard, a PDF Summary Overview providing major highlights and/or a full in-depth PDF Annual Report including each area's granular data.
Among the key highlights that emerged in BookStats 2012:
-- In the overall Trade sector (encompassing Fiction and Non-Fiction for Children, Young Adults and Adults), e-books' net sales revenue more than doubled in 2011 vs. 2010. This significant growth was particularly fueled by e-books' performance in the Adult Fiction segment where, for the first time, it ranked #1 for the year in net revenue among all individual print and electronic formats.
-- Among categories, both Religion and Children's/Young Adults showed strong growth while Children's/YA ranked as the fastest-growing category in publishing in 2011.
-- Despite the negative impact of Borders' bankruptcy and closures, particularly on print book sales, through three quarters of 2011, the Trade market held up equal with 2010 revenue figures, even showing a slight increase.
-- Brick-and-mortar retail remains the #1 sales distribution channel for publishers in 2011, as it did in 2010. Publishers' revenue from direct-to-consumer sales nearly doubled, topping $1 billion for the first time.
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In 2010, two of U.S. publishing's foremost professional organizations -- Book Industry Study Group and the Association of American Publishers -- came together to collaboratively design and produce a new kind of annual survey that would definitively capture the transformational changes in the industry from a 360 degree perspective. The first edition of BookStats was released in the summer of 2011 and quickly became recognized as a credible, substantive resource.
The cornerstone of BookStats' methodology is its unprecedented breadth of publisher source data. The 1,977 organizations that chose to participate represent the full spectrum of the U.S. publishing industry: large, medium, and small; major content companies to non-profits; and the entire scope of consumer, educational, professional, and scholarly markets. Using a three-sided cube model, the data is analyzed based on categories, formats, and sales distribution channels. The BookStats Online Data Dashboard product brings the cube to life, enabling the user to examine each side through customizable filtering and cross tabs across the three dimensions.
All figures and quantities included in BookStats represent net publisher totals inclusive of discounts and credit for returns. BookStats does not reflect consumer pricing or purchases.
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About the Book Industry Study Group, Inc.
The Book Industry Study Group, Inc. (BISG) is the U.S. book industry's leading trade association for policy, standards and research. The mission of BISG is to create a more informed, empowered and efficient book industry supply chain for both physical and digital products. Membership consists of publishers, manufacturers, suppliers, wholesalers, retailers, librarians and others engaged in the business of print and electronic media. For over 30 years, BISG has provided a forum for all industry professionals to come together and efficiently address issues and concerns to advance the book community. Learn more about BISG at www.bisg.org.
About the Association of American Publishers
AAP is the national trade association representing 300 premier US publishers of high-quality entertainment, education, professional and scholarly content, produced with the most current technology, reaching the world. For more information, visit www.publishers.org.