Wed, 30/07/2014 - 09:40
After two weeks of year-on-year growth, total book sales registering through Nielsen BookScan fell last week by 8% in value and volume on the same week last year with 3.1m books selling for £22.4m (also down 2% on the previous week's value). Positive growth through mid-July though, meant that year on year sales for the four weeks...
Thu, 24/07/2014 - 15:52
Veronica Roth maintains her position at the top of the US book charts with a second week at the top for the author's collection of Divergent short stories, Four (Katherine Tegen Books). This gives Roth her 15th week at number one this year. The collection sold an additional 64,575 copies for a new total of 171,433 copies, down 39...
Wed, 23/07/2014 - 10:10
With six weeks at the top of the official Top 50 chart John Green's The Fault in Our Stars (Penguin) has now spent more weeks at number one than any other book in 2014.
Green joins Alex Ferguson as the only author to spend six weeks or more at the top of the chart with one edition of the same book since the start of 2013...
Thu, 17/07/2014 - 17:00
There is a sense of completeness in the decline of physical sales of adult fiction this year. The £125m earned through the tills in the first half of 2014 for all fiction categories represents the lowest first-half total since BookScan genre records began in 2001.
This is not necessarily irreversible. As we have seen in 2012...
Thu, 17/07/2014 - 16:35
"When Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept for there were no more worlds to conquer.” A famous misquote of Plutarch, yet it must chime somewhat to the folks at Penguin Random House when they look at the UK publishing league table. The supergroup’s place atop the publishing pile seems unassailable, barring another...
Thu, 17/07/2014 - 16:23
A question for bricks and mortar booksellers springs to mind when looking at the performance of physical books in the first half of 2014: should shop layouts be redesigned to bring children’s sections closer to the front of store?
An average general specialist bookshop will have promotions at the very front, leading...
Wed, 16/07/2014 - 10:00
Last week saw £23.4m of book sales registered through Nielsen BookScan; its highest value since the run-up to Mother's Day when just over £24m was spent on books.
Value sales were up 3.2% week on week and a whopping 8.4% up on the same week last year-a difference of £1.8m. nearly 40% of this came from sales of...
Wed, 09/07/2014 - 09:50
John Green notched up his fourth consecutive week as the Official UK Top 50 number one whilst Hilary Clinton's UK media blitz has seen her claim hardback fiction's top spot.
Green is only the second author in 2014 to achieve a solid month or more at the top of the Nielsen BookScan charts after Dan Brown accomplished the...
Wed, 02/07/2014 - 09:40
John Green has retained the top spot in the UK Top 50 as The Fault in Our Stars (Penguin) sold another 35,676 copies, giving the author his best seven day sales period for the standard edition of the novel to date.
With 343,149 copies sold so far this year, the novel (excluding sales from the film tie-in) is comfortably ahead...
Thu, 26/06/2014 - 09:30
J K Rowling's new Robert Galbraith novel The Silkworm (Mulholland) failed to crack the USA top 10 in its first week of sale, notching up sales of 21,318 units through Nielsen BookScan, and hitting 15th place on the overall US Top 100. The Silkworm was one of the most high-profile titles in which the pre-order button was...