Brits rediscover love of reading in lockdown
By Sarah Wood | 27th April 2021
UK consumer book sales were up seven per cent to £2.1bn in 2020, as people rediscovered a love of reading in lockdown, according to the Publishers Association.
Demand for both fiction and non-fiction jumped, while audio-book sales were up 37 per cent, as reported by the BBC.
Bestsellers included Richard Osman's The Thursday Murder Club, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens and 7 Ways by Jamie Oliver.
Consumer book sales performed particularly well, with sales of fiction up 16 per cent and non-fiction up by four per cent. Print accounted for £1.7bn of sales (an increase of four percent) while digital sales were £418m, up 24 per cent.
But the growth in consumer books sales was offset by a slump in educational book sales, as schools were shut for months.
And despite an increase in books sales for some, the last year has been a challenging one for booksellers, authors and small publishers alike.
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