Latest PA figures show that 2016 was a record year for UK publishing
28 April 2017
UK Books and journals
Figures released on 27 April 2017 by the Publishers
Association show that 2016 was a record breaking year for
the publishing industry in the UK with sales of books and journals
reaching £4.8bn, their highest ever level.
The increase in sales of 7% on the previous year is the largest
growth in a decade, when in 2007 digital was first
Industry growth has been fuelled by success both home and
abroad, with export sales rising by 6% to £2.6bn and now
responsible for 54% of total revenues.
- Overall digital sales up 6% to £1.7bn despite a continuation of
the drop in eBook sales down 3%
- Physical sales up by 8% to £3bn on last year rising to the
highest level since 2012
- Europe remains the largest export market accounting for 35% of
Chief Executive of the Publishers Association, Stephen
"UK Publishing is a world leader and these figures confirm
that the industry is flourishing due to the hard work and ingenuity
of its superb publishing houses and workforce.
"All of us have at some point in our lives enjoyed the
work of a great author, used a high quality textbook, or benefitted
from the sharing of academic literature and that is only possible
due to the continued success of the publishing industry.
"Whatever the makeup of the new government, they must
ensure that any post-Brexit trade settlement it reaches with the EU
and other countries reinforces this continued success."
For more information, see the PA website.
Scottish books and journals
No separate figures are available for Scotland, but our Chief
Executive Marion Sinclair is quoted in Alastair
Dalton's article in The Scotsman of 28 April 2017 saying:
"Many of our members have seen a welcome uplift in print sales
in the past year and a dipping of e-book sales. "Overall, there's
buoyancy and confidence in the market."
Marion also mentions several member and other publishing
companies in Scotland.
Jamie Byng of Canongate Books in the same
"It is gratifying to see such strong book sales. We've had
particular success with books that have Scotland running through
their veins, such as Amy Liptrot's The Outrun, of which
we've already sold 70,000 copies. Nan Shepherd's The Living
Mountain has sold 47,000 since we published it in 2014. With
her appearance on the Scottish £5 note, it's wonderful to see sales
increasing year on year."
Jan Rutherford of Birlinn and Marc
Lambert of Scottish Book Trust are also quoted.