Christmas Book Sales the best they’ve been in Ten Years

By January 8, 2017News

In recent years the news has regularly been filled with tales of dwindling book sales, drastic drops in people reading and a slow and steady decline in the numbers of physical bookstores that can be found in our towns and cities so any positive news is always gratefully received by we booklovers and that’s just what we have for the Christmas book sales figures.

According to Nielsen BookScan who collects the retail sales information from point of sale systems in more than 35,500 bookshops around the world UK print book sales alone topped the £83.3m mark in the run up to Christmas which is the highest they’ve been since 2007.

It’s not only the Christmas period that has seen the number of physical book sales rising Nielson’s figures show that the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script by Jack Thorne was the bestselling book of 2016 with sales of 1.45 million copies earning £15.8m and these sales figures are also represented in the numbers of high street bookshops that are in our towns and cities.

Booksellers Association CEO Tim Godfray said: “The graph for booksellers is starting to move up after a very difficult period.”

“Thank heavens so many were … wide of the mark when predicting the death of the physical bookshop and the demise of the printed book. I have been hugely heartened by the anecdotal sales reports from our members in the UK and Ireland. Consumers do appear to be coming back to the printed book and bookshops.”

Let’s hope this is just the start of a trend that sees the return of bookshops on every corner.

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And it’s parody books leading sales

With Mother’s Day this weekend everyone is trying to get their slice of the Mother’s Day sales and the selection of books featuring in Mother’s Day displays in independent bookshops up and down the country is plentiful.

Bookshops have some great ideas for book gifts this Mother’s Day but it’s the parody books that are stealing a big slice of the market. Read More

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A new bill proposed earlier this week in Australia’s parliament could make it much easier for people with disabilities to get access to copyrighted literature. The Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and other Measures) Bill was proposed on Wednesday and, if passed, will make it much easier for people to get copyrighted material in formats such as braille, large print, and DAISY audio. Read More

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This year Winchester is celebrating Jane Austen, on the 200th anniversary of the author’s death, and today it’s been announced that there is to be a Winchester Monopoly, created to mark Austen 200.

Winchester is the final resting place of novelist Jane Austen who died in the city in 1817, aged just 41, an event that will be marked this year in a series of events in the city and around the world. Read More

The Literary World Responds to London Attack

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We’re all still reeling after yesterday’s incident at Westminster and our thoughts are with all those affected, not least Met Police officer Keith Palmer. We hope all our addicts in London are safe and unaffected by the events and as we do so well in the UK, we hope you’re all keeping calm and carrying on.

What does stand out from yesterday’s events is the humanity shown and it’s on this we must focus. In the shock events of the day, many people spoke out with their feelings on the attack and today we’re sharing some of the thoughts of authors and the literary world. Read More

6 Books that Offer Insight into The Troubles

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Ireland has a long and beautiful history, but much of it has been marked with fighting for an independent Ireland. The Irish War for Independence run from 1919 to 1921 but the Irish Republic Army would continue for much of the 20th century, culminating in The Troubles in Northern Ireland during the latter half of the 20th century.

Northern Ireland and the UK now celebrate tentative success in a peace agreement, but the history of the struggle from both sides is a fascinating one. Northern Irish and British readers of a certain age will well remember the fear and news of the time, marred by many atrocities.

If you’re looking for a better understanding of this time in Ireland’s history then we have ten books that offer an insight into this time, some fiction, some nonfiction, but all fascinating and highly recommended.

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