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Wednesday, 25th August 2010

New from Bowker: Selection of Statistics from Consumer-Focused Research Report for Book Industry

From the Report Summary:

Bowker released its much-anticipated 2009 U.S. Book Consumer Demographics and Buying Behaviors Annual Report today, providing the U.S. book industry with the most complete consumer-based research on who buys books and why. The 2009 Annual Report is culled from more 44,000 total respondents, responsible for the purchase of 118,000 books in 2009.

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This year’s report provides data not available in any other source with a scope that captures the changing nature of retail channels, including the growing presence of such mass merchandisers as Wal-Mart. Further, the report captures the explosion of new electronic formats.

Selected Stats from the Summary

+ More than 40% of Americans over the age of 13 purchased a book in 2009 and the average age of the American book buyer is 42.

+ Women lead men in overall purchases, contributing 64% of sales. Even among detective and thriller genres, women top 60% of the sales. Where do men catch up? Fantasy titles are purchased evenly by men and women.

+ Baby Boomers spend. The boomer generation is the largest purchasing generation, making up 30% of sales. Their elders – Matures – contribute 16%.

+ More income doesn’t mean more book purchases. 32% of the books purchased in 2009 were from households earning less than $35,000 annual and 20% of those sales were for children’s books.

+ Americans like people. The biggest selling non-fiction genre is biography – auto and otherwise.

Access the Complete Announcement

Source: Bowker

See Also: On August 5th, We Posted Selected Stats from "Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading" (Bowker/BISG).

Access via: Kat Meyer, Sue Polanka, and Paul Biba/TeleRead

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