Review of 2019: The Bestsellers

Review of 2019: The Bestsellers

With print books selling 191.6 million units for £1.66bn, 2019 became the print market’s fifth consecutive year of growth and its best since 2010 in value terms, according to Nielsen BookScan’s Total Consumer Market. Value rose 2.4% against 2018, with volume growing for a second year, by 0.5%. As a result, the average selling price is now at sky-high levels—surpassing £8 for the first time in 2016, it is now knocking on the door of £9, at £8.71 for 2019.

Print is still front-ended, with the 2019 top 100 earning a combined £150m, or 9% of the entire market. This is 15% up on 2018’s top 100,...

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