International markets showed mixed response to pandemic in 2020

International markets showed mixed response to pandemic in 2020

While the pandemic sent shockwaves across the world’s book industry in 2020, some international markets reported strong performances with the US posting record-breaking sales while Australia also saw a major boost, according to figures shared with The Bookseller by the various book trade publications.

Combined print book and e-book sales hit 942 million units in 2020 in the US: at outlets that report to NPD BookScan—a 9% increase over 2019, figures from Publishers Weekly show. 

It was the highest unit sales recorded in a single year by BookScan since the service was created in 2004. Furth...

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