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.
Born David Clive King in Richmond, Surrey on 24th April 1924, King grew up in Ash in Kent and was educated at the King’s School, Rochester before eventually graduating with a BA in English. From 1943 to 1946 King served as a Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, which took him to many places around the world including Japan where he saw the then recent devastation of Hiroshima.
Censorship is a topic we do not shy away from here at For Reading Addicts, and everyone in our community has an opinion on it. It has been quite a black and white issue for most readers- either they want all books to be published and none to be banned- or they feel it is fine to ban some topics (depending on their own political/moral leanings).
Either way it causes some discussion among book clubs and literary groups alike.
One such group is Family Rhetoric on Facebook, run by Amber Leventry- an LGBTQ advocate- who was disturbed by a title while looking for children’s books on Amazon. Amber discovered a children’s book that horrified her so much that it had to be shared with her followers on Facebook, and drove them to report the title en-masse in hopes of banning it from the major book distributer.
Ever the supporter of new artists and ambitious, young people, Stormzy has teamed up with Penguin Random House to create his own imprint #Merky Books. This will be added to his other projects: his record label, #Merky Records, and his own music festival in Ibiza, #Merky Festival.
That isn’t stopping us from lapping it up of course and if you’ve been eagerly awaiting season 6 then here’s the trailer. Read More