The AAP reported June sales from their approximately 1,200 reporting publishers, with sales turning positive, due almost entirely to adult trade paperback sales, no doubt the result of the June 21 publication of GREY by EL James. Adult sales of $377 million were up $26.6 million (or 7.6 percent), with trade paperbacks rising $27.6 million (or 29 percent) to $123.6 million.
Per the year’s trend, however, hardcover sales remained weak, falling $18.1 million (or 17 percent) to $91 million for the month. Children’s and YA sales also did not benefit from the overall uptick, falling $3.1 million, or 2.6 percent, also weak in hardcovers (even as children’s paperbacks rose $8.4 million, to $56.6 million for the month).
eBook sales continued to decline modestly, at $103.4 million, down $3.5 million (or 3 percent). As in previous months, the falloff was bigger in children’s ebooks without new breakout YA hits, down $13.3 million (a 55.5 percent decrease).
Total trade sales of $495.2 million for the month were up $17.8 million, or 5 percent, from a year ago.