A full-year report released by the Association of American Publishers Thursday reports that ebooks accounted for 22.55 percent, or nearly a quarter, of U.S. book publishers’ sales in 2012 up from 17 percent of sales in 2011 and 3 percent in 2009.
Revenues for the total U.S. trade book industry — in which the AAP includes religious publishing — were $7.1 billion in 2012, up 6.2 percent from the previous year. Of that, $1.54 billion came from ebooks: $1.25 billion from adult fiction and nonfiction, $232.8 million from children’s/young adult and $57 million from religious books.
Ebook growth continued to plateau, however, suggesting that the industry is maturing.
The report did not break down ebook sales by format or device.
The data comes from the AAP’s monthly StatShot reports, which survey around 1,200 publishers on category and format sales.