'Bumpy year' for book trade but optimism prevails

'Bumpy year' for book trade but optimism prevails

If the book trade began the year bracing itself for the reign of Donald Trump as the leader of the free world and for the formal negotiations over the UK’s departure from the European Union to begin, it has ended it without much more certainty about what lies ahead.

However, reasons for optimism have come in the form of print sales holding up, the continuing growth of audiobooks, and further progress to combat the lack of diversity in the trade.

Despite the turbulent backdrop, customers continued to buy print books, with the market flat in terms of value for the year to date (169 million ...

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