Higher Education publishing sales grew 11.8 percent for the month ($969.7 million) andincreased 12.4 percent for the year. Finally, the K-12 elementary/high school category posted total net sales of $629.6 million, down 4.9% percent over the prior year, and year-to-date sales of $2.9 billion, an 8.0 percent increase over 2009.
Year To Date E-Book Sales Comprise 9.0% of Trade Book Sales
Trade book sales (not including books for academic study) for the period of January-August 2010 had sales of $2.91 billion. eBook sales in the same period were $263million.. E books for the period comprise 9.03% of total consumer book sales, comparedto 3.31 percent at the close of 2009. E book sales for January-August 2010 represented $263 million, compared to $89.8million from January-August 2009, representing an overall increase for the category of 193% over the same period last year. For the month of August, e-book sales continue togrow, with a 172.4 percent increase over August 2009 ($39.0 million).
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