Lockdown sees record numbers of people buying books

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The sales of novels and home learning books have soared as people prepare for further lockdowns.

Sales of fiction have risen by a third, while children’s education went up 234%.

People are also buying more puzzle books, craft books and true crime works.

Nielsen Book – a data provider for the publishing industry – said:

“The sales data suggests that the UK population has indeed been preparing for long periods of isolation.

“We’ve seen significant jumps in sales of puzzle books, adult colouring titles, home-learning titles for children, study guides, and we have seen been a big increase in sales of paperback novels.”

Book shops are closed under lockdown rules.

But supermarket sales of paperbacks have shown a marked increase.

Book chain Waterstones reports readers are turning online, with online sales rising by 400% week on week.


About the Author

Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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