Review of the year: Bestsellers

Review of the year: Bestsellers

News that the total value of the printed book market declined in 2013 will not come as a surprise to many. The e-book market continued to entice new members last year—more than two million in the first nine months of the year (source: Nielsen/Kantar)—while the printed book market was always going to struggle to match a sexy 2012 in which E L James’ Fifty Shades trilogy sold in record-breaking numbers, the likes of which the industry had never seen.

James was worth over £47m that year; her three Fifty Shades novels selling more than 10m copies. Last year, she was worth just £1.4m to boo...

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