Ebook sales fell 6.3% in June 2022
US e-book sales declined throughout the year. This is probably due to the fact that the pandemic is a thing of the past and bookstores are open all year round. E-book revenue decreased 6.3% for the month compared to June 2021 to a total of $83.0 million. Digital audiobook sales rose 9.8% in June, to $72.4 million. Physical audio fell 44.1% to $1.0 million.
Year-to-date eBook revenue was down 8.5% from the first six months of 2021 to a total of $500.4 million. Digital audiobook sales increased 3.8% to $400.6 million in revenue. Physical audio fell 36.4% to $7.1 million.
In terms of physical paper revenues during the month of June, in the Commerce category (consumer books), related revenues decreased by 10.9%, to $181.3 million; Paperbacks grew 9.0%, with revenue of $253.9 million; Mass market increased 16.9% to $21.4 million; while specialty binders fell 23.8%, with revenue of $11.0 million. Year-to-date, retail revenue fell 0.8% to $4.2 billion for the first six months of the year. Hardcover revenue fell 7.9% to $1.4 billion; Paperbacks grew 9.0%, with revenue of $1.5 billion; The mass market fell 20.9% to $95.5 million; and specialty binders fell 1.0%, with revenues of $79.8 million.
You can see from the stats that e-book sales don’t really bring in a lot of money on a monthly basis, whereas print brings in hundreds of millions of dollars because it’s the most preferred reading format.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and The New York Times. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.