New stats: Ebooks still growing, but more slowly

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The newest statistics from the Association of American Publishers show that publishers’ ebook revenue is still increasing — but, as has been true for several months now, they are no longer seeing triple-digit growth in adult fiction and nonfiction ebooks.

In its latest “StatShot,” released Monday, the AAP reported 1,186 publishers’ net revenue for August 2012, the latest month for which figures are available, and for the year to date. Here’s a breakdown of publishers’ revenues by category, for the first 8 months of 2012 compared to the first 8 months of 2011:

Revenues from adult ebook sales were up 36.9 percent through August 2012. By comparison, revenues from adult ebook sales increased by 144.4 percent for the first eight months of 2011.

Children’s and YA ebook revenues, starting from a smaller base, grew by 196.4 percent for the first eight months of 2012. Overall, children’s and YA books are the industry’s fastest-growing category, due in part to the success of adult crossover titles like The Hunger Games.

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