Sustainability titles: Thunberg is the tip of the iceberg

Sustainability titles: Thunberg is the tip of the iceberg

The previously niche Environment & Ecology sub-sector has sold 133,499 books, for £1.15m, through Nielsen BookScan in the year to 13th July. Its volume is now just 6,198 copies away from its all-time full-year record, achieved in 2009, and its annual value has surpassed £1m for the first time since 2010. That 2019 will be a record year for Environment & Ecology is nearly a safer bet than the year posting a new record global temperature.

For the first half of 2019, the sub-category—which couldn’t quite crack 50,000 books sold in the entirety of 2013—became the market’s highest riser in perc...

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