Are Book Sales Up or are Book Sales Down?

August 19, 2019

Last week the U.S. Census Bureau reported that U.S. bookstore sales dropped 5.1% in the first six months of 2019. I filed the report away — as I always do with industry sales reports — with the thought “up a little here, down a little there….” While a 5% shift is, by most measures, more than “a little,” it’s the up-and-down nature of publishing sales statistics that always strikes me. Up a little here, down a little there.

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