The Association of American Publishers has released a final account of industry sales for 2022, reports Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer.

“The figures show 2022 that total publishing sales fell 2.6% over 2021,” he explains.

AAP’s preliminary figures, released in February, had shown a much sharper 6.4% sales decline in 2022 from 2021.

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“So what’s changed? The biggest difference is the inclusion of sales in the pre-K–12 educational materials segment that were not captured in the earlier presentation,” Albanese explains.

“K-12 revenue jumped 16.6% in 2022 to $5.61 billion, making the category the only major segment that saw an increase over 2021.”

Every Friday, CCC’s “Velocity of Content” features the editors and reporters of Publishers Weekly for an early look at what news publishers, editors, authors, agents, and librarians will be talking about when they return to work on Monday.


Author: Christopher Kenneally

Christopher Kenneally hosts CCC's Velocity of Content podcast series, which debuted in 2006 and is the longest continuously running podcast covering the publishing industry. As CCC's Senior Director, Marketing, he is responsible for organizing and hosting programs that address the business needs of all stakeholders in publishing and research. His reporting has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, The Independent (London), WBUR-FM, NPR, and WGBH-TV.
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