University press ebooks saw phenomenal growth in December, climbing 158.9% at a time when the publishing industry saw overall net book sales fall 7.3%.
According to the Association of American Publishers, net book sales for the full year slipped 2.2% to $14.9 billion for the 1,193 publishers and distributed clients covered in the report.
University Press ebooks netted $1.1 million in sales, while the sector's hardcover sales dipped 1.4% to $5 million and paperback sales tumbled 6.1% to $7.3 million.
Despite the grim December, Shelf Awareness reports trade publishing as a whole had a solid year, with adult book sales and children's/YA making gains. University press sales rose 10% to $33 million in 2012.
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