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The Book Boom: Publishing Sales Soar


As the nation retreated inside under numerous lockdowns, it seems we have turned to the comfort of literature to keep ourselves afloat in another year of stress and isolation. 

Last year’s book sales leapt to the highest figure in a decade – 212 million print books sold – despite our restricted access to in-person retail stores and the economic impact of the pandemic on the income of many UK households.

“More and more people of all ages are discovering reading for pleasure because, like films, TV and music, books offer them an escape from reality into another world. Also, with children’s education being disrupted during the pandemic there’s a demand to drive literary rates and reading skills back up, which places high importance on children’s books as a learning tool.”
Divia Kainth, Head of Sales and Marketing at Sweet Cherry Publishing.
Education and personal development sits in the top of some of the most popular genres as people focus on providing support for families whose schooling has been disrupted, following personal goals and seeking career changes.
Escapism seems to have been the desire of many readers as fantasy, romance, and sci-fi remain some of the nation’s favourite, with Richard Osman’s charming and quintessentially British crime novel, The Thursday Murder Club, becoming the best-selling novel of the year. The boost in the popularity of reading has ensured a strong start to 2022 for many publishing companies.



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