Long, hot summer proves good for books

Long, hot summer proves good for books

The 2018 summer period has proved glorious for both the weather and book sales. Despite the heatwave and the World Cup in Russia, the UK print market sold 42 million books for £344.2m between the first week of June and the third week of August, via Nielsen BookScan's TCM. This was a bump of 0.6% in volume and 2.6% in value against the same period in 2017, just outpacing the overall year-on-year figures to date.

Summer 2018 has seen the largest value brought in since summer 2011, and over the last five years, only 2016—which saw the release of million-copy-bestseller Harry Potter and the Cu...

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