Mon, 17/09/2012 - 08:30
Jamie Oliver will beat J K Rowling to the Christmas number one book spot, the majority of retailers predict, as booksellers gear up for an "astonishingly strong" festive season.
The celebrity chef will release 15-Minute Meals (Michael Joseph) on 27th September, the same day as J K Rowling's eagerly awaited The Casual...
Wed, 09/02/2011 - 07:27
Thanks to a second series of "Jamie's 30-minute Meals" on Channel Four (weekdays at 17:30), Jamie Oliver's cookbook of the same name remains entrenched at the summit of The Bookseller's Official UK Top 50 (15 weeks and counting). Its sales were up 15% week-on-week last week, to 43,084 copies sold, and up 104% on just a...
Wed, 22/09/2010 - 09:59
Emma Donoghue's Josef Fritzl inspired Room (Picador) is the clear public favourite, in sales terms, of the six books competing for the 2010 Man Booker prize. The book sold 3,451 copies at UK bookshops last week, according to Nielsen BookScan data, almost three times as many copies as the next most popular purchase, Howard Jacobson...
Wed, 08/09/2010 - 16:02
Partial first-week sales figures for A Journey in the US show the book selling in smaller numbers than in Britain, with estimates ranging from 6,500 to 20,000 – compared to a UK figure of close to 100,000. Knopf, the US publishers, described it as "an incredibly strong start".
Nielsen Bookscan US figures showed...
Thu, 13/05/2010 - 07:14
Amazon.com has confirmed to Publishers Weekly that it is to remove free Kindle titles from its bestseller lists. Instead it will now publish two lists: one for paid books, and a second for free titles.
PW notes: "The date for the switch is vague—the rep would only say it will happen in 'a few weeks'—but...
Thu, 15/04/2010 - 15:40
Hardback fiction has continued its strong performance from last autumn into the new year, with the sector up 12.1% in value for the first quarter of 2010, led by continued strong sales for hardbacks such as Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol (Transworld) and Stieg Larsson's The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (Quercus...
Tue, 02/03/2010 - 09:00
The UK and US were the only major English-language books markets to sell fewer books in 2009 than in 2008, according to Nielsen BookScan. Despite the worldwide recession, booksellers in Australia, Ireland, and South Africa all saw the number of books sold grow. Where there was a decline in the market, it was steepest in trade non-fiction,...
Mon, 18/01/2010 - 08:59
Publishers have privately expressed optimism about the impact 'The TV Book Club' will have on the industry, though reviews of the first programme, shown last night on More4 (17th January), have been mixed.
Tue, 05/01/2010 - 15:46
January sales have had book-buyers flocking to the high street but post-Christmas sales are down on last year. In total, £28.2m was spent at UK book retailers, including online, last week - down 26.6% on the previous week and 9.7% year on year.
The high street performed slightly better, with sales through Nielsen BookScan's...
Mon, 04/01/2010 - 08:00
Book sales fell by just half a percent in 2009, confirming many early-year predictions from within the trade that the cheap price of books would offer resistance to the recession. But sales in high street bookshops suffered more serious falls over the year.
A grand total of £1.752bn was spent on 235.7m books in 2009, down 1.2...