Bestselling titles including the Christmas number one Guinness World Records 2015 (GWR), as well as Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist (Picador) and Robert Galbraith’s The Silkworm (Little, Brown) are being sold at a discount of up to 85% by retailers online, while The Book People is offering some titles at a 90% discount on r.r.p.
Publishers are also selling titles at a discount during the Christmas sale period.
Tesco is selling Guinness World Records 2015 for £3, from an RRP of £20, a saving of 85%, and the paperback of The Hairy Dieters (Orion) for £3.85, a 57% saving on its £8.99 r.r.p.
Blackwell’s has a half price sale, with titles in the promotion including Us by David Nicholls (Hodder & Stoughton) for £10, the 2014 Man Booker Prize-shortlisted J by Howard Jacobson (Jonathan Cape) for £9.49, and Alan Johnson’s Please, Mr Postman (Bantam Press) for £8.49.
On its website Waterstones is offering up to 30% off books including its exclusive hardback edition of The Miniaturist, which is now £12.99, and the hardback of Boris Johnson’s The Churchill Factor (Hodder & Stoughton), which is £21 down from its RRP of £25. The retailer is also offering customers who spend more than £25 online an additional 10% off their purchases until Friday 2nd January.
The Book People is offering discounts of up to 90% on a variety of books. Among the most heavily discounted titles are Crap Towns Returns by Sam Jordison (Quercus), priced at £1 from its RRP of £10, and a collection of 10 books by Maeve Binchy, priced at £5 from an r.r.p. of £79.90.
Other titles on sale include Tom Kerridge’s Best Ever Dishes (Absolute Press) and Paul Hollywood’s British Baking (Bloomsbury), both for £7 each from an RRP of £20 each. Customers who spend more than £40 will also get a RHS 2015 diary and a copy of Rubber Band Loom Bracelets (CICO Books).
W H Smith has discounted titles including Lynda Bellingham’s memoir There’s Something I’ve Been Dying to Tell You (Coronet), now £7.89, a 54% saving on the RRP of £16.99, and Graham Norton’s The Lives and Loves of a He Devil (Hodder & Stoughton), priced at £8.99 from £20, a 55% saving.
Foyles is offering a variety of discounts on its website, including 50% off titles such as John Cleese’s So, Anyway… (Random House Books) and Watch Me by Angelica Huston (Simon & Schuster), 30% off books including Michel Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things (Canongate) and 25% off books including Colm Toibin’s Nora Webster (Viking), now £14.24 from an RRP of £18.99.
eBooks by Sainsbury’s is offering e-books from 99p. Titles in the promotion include J K Rowling’s first Robert Galbraith novel The Cuckoo’s Calling (Little, Brown) and Fractured by Dani Atkins (Head of Zeus).
Kobo is offering up to 70% off e-books, with its Christmas sale ending on January 5th, while Amazon is hosting a series of flash sales on books, with current offers including 79% off a Mr Men box set from Egmont, selling at £29.50 from £91.34.
Some publishers are also discounting on their websites, including Pluto Press, which is offering a 40% discount on all its titles for a limited time, while indie publisher Seren is offering e-books from 99p, including The Last Hundred Days by Patrick McGuinness.