Top 50 drops but range pushes market into growth

Top 50 drops but range pushes market into growth

The last year has been a challenging one, as the book trade did not benefit from many massive bestsellers or genre-busting trends. Yet, what do you know, 2017 ended in growth, though by the barest of margins. The £1.592bn of print books sold through Nielsen BookScan’s Total Consumer Market in 2017 beat 2016’s haul by just £1.4m, or 0.09%. This was a consequence of rising average selling prices (up 23p to £8.39) rather than selling more books: volume sales dropped 2.7%, to 189.8 million units.

The miniscule value rise was certainly not driven by the very top of the bestseller lists. Three b...

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