Thu, 07/01/2010 - 15:48
This time last year, in The Bookseller's review of 2008, it was written: "we, perhaps fittingly, have the much pilloried celebrities to thank for saving what could have been an even poorer end to the year".
So much changes in just 12 months.
Last month, sales were down 1.2% on December 2008 in spending terms and it was...
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...
Sun, 03/01/2010 - 10:00
Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol has retained its position at the summit of the bestseller lists, following a week when book-buyers finally hit the high street for some very late Christmas shopping.
Although sales through Nielsen BookScan's Total Consumer Market (TCM) were down 14% week on week, to £65m, sales through...
Wed, 23/12/2009 - 09:10
Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol (Bantam Press) is the book trade's Christmas number one, in a week when poor weather badly affected sales.
Brown's bestseller sold 58,468 copies at UK book retailers last week, 2,546 copies more than Guinness World Records 2010 in second position. As the charts are based on single...
Tue, 22/12/2009 - 08:54
Thanks to strong sales at independent retailers, as well as Waterstone's and Amazon.co.uk, Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall (Fourth Estate) is now officially the most popular Man Booker winner since records began.
According to Nielsen BookScan data, Wolf Hall has sold 137,150 copies since its win 10 weeks ago, 28,234...
Tue, 15/12/2009 - 15:45
Book sales have jumped 11.5% week-on-week, or 2% on the same week last year, to £69.1m, bolstered by the Borders "closing down" sales, and continued heavy discounting at other major book retailers.
By volume, however, sales were up 4.5% year on year, to 8.9m. It means that sales on a rolling 12-month comparison have...
Mon, 14/12/2009 - 08:14
Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Vintage) is the only non-J K Rowling or Dan Brown title to clinch a top 10 spot in the bestselling books of the decade.
The Whitbread winner has taken 10th position overall, thanks to sales of 2.1m across its many adult/children’s editions.
Tue, 08/12/2009 - 16:01
Book sales jumped by almost a third last week, led by a hardback non-fiction sector firmly on the rebound following poor October and November sales.
According to Nielsen BookScan data, 8.1m books were snapped up at UK book retailers last week, up 29% week on week, with spending up 28.2% to £61.9m. Sales were up 3% on the same week...
Mon, 07/12/2009 - 07:16
Tabloid darling Katie Price has seen sales of her books jump following her well-paid return to the "I’m a Celebrity . . ." jungle, defying media reports that her empire is crumbling. But she is still well behind her 2008 sales performance, when A Whole New World was riding high in the charts.