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.

Book Adaptations Released in May 2017

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Film adaptations are filling the cinemas this year, from classics to modern fiction, there will be something for everyone. A host of stars are putting their names to these popular works of fiction to help bring them to the big screen, and we hope they do them justice!

There are four film adaptations coming up in May 2017, from a classic Daphne Du Maurier, to Nicola Yoon’s 2015 book Everything Everything. Check out the selection below.

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New Kingsman Comic Book and Movie Due in 2017

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Secret Service (later renamed Kingsman: Secret Service to keep in line with the movie adaptation) is a spy adventure comic book for the 21st century.

After the success of the film adaptation of Kingsman: Secret Service in 2015, there is due another release out very soon named Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The latest movie boasts a fabulous cast of Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, and more.

The second film does not appear to be a comic book adaptation, but a stand-alone story. Excitingly, along with the film release, Kingsman creator Mark Millar has announced a new comic book release too. This is excellent news for Kingsman fans, as the title seems to hint towards further movie tie-ins… Check out Mark’s tweet below, and the trailer to the newest Kingsman movie.

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Thirteen-Year-Old Pakistani Girl Is on a Quest to Read One Book from Every Country

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13-year-old Aisha Esbhani, from Karachi, Pakistan, decided a year ago that her bookshelf was made up almost entirely of authors from either Britain or North America. Feeling like she was missing out, Aisha set herself the challenge of reading at least one book from every country (as well as some extra territories). In order to get suggestions, Aisha has set up her own Facebook page where people from around the globe can come and recommend different books.

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New Memoir Coming from war-torn Aleppo

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Every day, we open the newspaper, Twitter accounts, Facebook or news apps and see what’s happening around the world. We are bombarded with information but how much of the ground reality do we really understand? We comfortably sip our tea when someone is dying of thirst in a desert. Our kids run for their school bus when children in some countries have their schools blown apart. At the end of the day, we are eager to get back to the comfort of our homes but many do not have a place to call home.

It is only when we read first-hand accounts of war stories or lives in such areas that we are somewhat moved. But we wouldn’t realize what a mother in Afghanistan, or a child in Gaza goes through. Read More

99 Year Old Ex-Librarian Receives a Celebrity Visit!

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Connie Mauro, currently living in a nursing home in Marietta, Georgia, spent almost 50 years working in the Mount Vernon, New York library. Her job was one many Reading Addicts would covet: recommending books, collating and organising titles, and prescribing many people their first library cards.

One day in 1961 a little boy of 7 years old walked into her library, asking if he could join. Of course Connie helped the lad, gave him his first library card, and enabled him to cultivate his love of reading. Despite it being so long ago, Connie never forgot that young man as he had a pretty memorable name: “Denzel Hayes Washington Jr”, and that little boy grew up to be a world famous, award-winning actor, director, and producer.

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