Lockdown drives 'explosive' online sales across formats, says BookStat's Abbassi

Lockdown drives 'explosive' online sales across formats, says BookStat's Abbassi

The past six months have seen “explosive” online sales with print books up by 45%, e-books by 30% and audio increasing 28%, according to figures from Bookstat c.e.o Paul Abbassi.

Speaking at FutureBook, Abbassi, whose firm tracks track daily title-level online sales for all e-books, audio and print, said the lockdowns had meant big sales increases. For print this had come at the expense of bookshops, while larger publishers had taken a bigger share of the audio market.

In print, there was a “giant spike” in the number of online sales from April, although these were largely lower-cost book...

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