Publishers report early lockdown boost for e-books and audio

Publishers report early lockdown boost for e-books and audio

Publishers have reported an increase in sales of e-books and audio during the first weeks of the UK's coronavirus emergency measures, but some say it is too early for data to be conclusive.

With most people stuck at home, physical stores shut and distributors like Gardners closing temporarily, some firms reported bumps in sales for their digital offerings.

Penguin Random House told The Bookseller it had seen a “significant uplift” on e-books and digital audio in the first week of nationwide lockdown. Hachette UK also reported a spike but the publisher warned it was too early to draw meani...

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