Bowker: Book Prices Remained Steady In 2004

May 2005
Book Publishing Report;5/16/2005, Vol. 30 Issue 19, p3
Trade Publication
The article reports that the average price of new trade books in the U.S. remained fairly steady from 2002 to 2004, with juvenile hardcover books seeing an increase of 1.8 percent. The price of adult mass market paperback books, which dropped from an average price of 7.30 dollars in 2002 to 7.21 dollars in 2003, had a price increase of 1.9% in 2004. That category is likely to continue rising in median price during 2005 as an increasing number of publishers try to squeeze out more revenue from the struggling category and rollout premium mass market paperback lines.


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