Do I chart August sales that were YTD sales are far less than the sum of prior YTD reports?
YTD hardcover sums to $930.4M (January through July) while the AAP reports YTD sales through August of $641.7M. Ummm....
YTD paperback sums to $772.5M (January through July) while the AAP reports YTD of 772.5M.
YTD MMP $380.4M (through July) vs. $310.4 through August.
YTD Childrends $734.23 through July vs. a reported $638.4M through August.
Ebooks: $638.4M through July vs. reported $649.2M through August.
In other words, the downward revisions in sales mean August had massive negative sales for every category except ebooks. Ebooks would have puny sales... I suspect fewer vendors reported.
I hope monthly book sales come out later. August sales would normally have come out now, but the AAP is delaying, hiding, and obscuring the data as much as possible. I suspect we'll see numbers later worth graphing.
But when the sum of 8 months of sales is that much less than the sum of the previously reported 7 months of sales...