French book sales dipped 1.6% last year

French book sales dipped 1.6% last year

The total value of French publishers’ book sales slipped by 1.61% in value from €2,837m to €2,792m last year, according to newly published figures from the French Publishers Association (Syndicat National de l’Edition, SNE).

The number of copies sold also shrank by 1.05% from 434.5 million to 430 million. The decline was expected, partly because of the brisk performance for school textbooks in 2016 as a result of a curriculum reform, the SNE said. Also to blame were the presidential and parliamentary elections between April and June, which encouraged publishers to delay release of promisin...

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