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AAP Reports Book Sales Up in New Year

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March 22- March 29, 2007 Edition

AAP Reports
Book Sales
Up in New Year

NEW YORK, NY/3/19/07– Publishing sales showed growth for the month of January for most of the categories tracked by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) with net sales up by 6.4 percent for the month.

The Adult Hardcover category was up by 32.2 percent in January with sales of $92.5 million. Adult Paperback sales were down 11.7 percent for the month with sales of $97.7 million. The Adult Mass Market category was down slightly by 3.1 percent for the month ($54.9 million). The Children’s/YA >Hardcover category posted an increase of 18.4 percent in the new year with sales of $39.9 million. The Children’s/YA Paperback category declined by 18.1 percent for the month with sales totaling $23.9 million.

Audio Book sales were up by 21.2 percent for January compared to last month’s figures with sales totaling $11.0 million. E-books climbed by 18.7 percent for the month ($1.8 million). These figures were compiled in cooperation with the International Digital Publishing Forum. Religious Books were up 28.2 percent for January with sales totaling $34.6 million.

Sales of University Press Hardcover were up by 4.0 percent in January with sales of $6.1 million. University Press Paperback sales were also up by 8.6 percent for the month with sales totaling $9.7 million. Sales in the Professional and Scholarly category posted an increase of 3.9 percent for the month ($46.0 million).

Higher Education publishing sales saw an increase of 10.5 percent for January with sales totaling $246.7 million. Finally, the net El-Hi (elementary/high school) basal and supplemental K-12 category posted a

decrease of 18.7 percent in January with sales of $69.3 million. The Association of American Publishers is the national trade association of the U.S. book publishing industry. AAP’s more than 300 members include most of the major commercial publishers in the United States, as well as smaller and non-profit publishers, university presses and scholarly societies-small and large. AAP members publish hardcover and paperback books in every field, educational materials for the elementary, secondary, postsecondary, and professional markets, scholarly journals, computer software, and electronic products and services. The protection of intellectual property rights in all media, the defense of the freedom to read and the freedom to publish at home and abroad, and the promotion of reading and literacy are among the Association’s highest priorities.

NOTE: All sales figures cited in this release are domestic net sales