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10 July 2020

Print book sales up in 2018

7 January 2019

The Bookseller reports that 2018 saw the UK printed book market grow in value for a fourth year running. Figures from Nielsen Bookscan's TCM show:

  • 190.8 million books were sold for £1.63bn
  • a 2.14% increase in value compared to 2017
  • a 0.33% increase in volume compared to 2017
  • the average selling price in 2018 rose to a record high of £8.53.

Michelle Obama's Becoming (Viking) was  the most valuable title of last year £7.7m nearly £3m ahead of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (HarperCollins). However, the latter sold the most copies outselling second-place The Ice Monster by David Walliams and Tony Ross (HarperCollins) by nearly 250,000 copies.

For the full article, see Print market posts fourth consecutive year of value growth by Kiera O'Brien in The Bookseller of 2 January 2019. 

The Guardian has a list of the top 100 books of 2018 by sales volume: see John Dugdale's article of 29 December 2018.