Published on January 17th, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
Book Sales Boost
The UK remains a nation of bookworms. Sales figures for the run up to Christmas 2016 were the highest in 10 years.
Despite the increasing popularity of digital tablets and eReaders, sales of print books are buoyant. Over £83.3 million books were sold during the Christmas period, the highest figure since 2007.
Big sellers include The Girl of the Train by Paula Hawkins, recently turned into a Hollywood blockbuster and, for the more health conscious, Lean in 15 by health and fitness guru Joe Wicks.
Harry Potter Still Casts a Spell Over Readers
However, the biggest selling author over the Christmas period was Harry Potter’s creator JK Rowling. The play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in the West End and the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them added to the allure of the young magician once again. Along with the release of new illustrated editions of the Harry Potter books and a Harry Potter colouring book, sales for Rowling were over £20 million in 2016.
JK Rowling fans were also delighted by her recent announcement that she is currently working on two more novels. The subject matter has not yet been revealed though.
Do You Prefer Print?
The increase in printed book sales may be the start of a renaissance for the printed word. As we spend more time looking at a digital screen, the tactile feel of paper can be very comforting.
Academic studies have even revealed that we may retain information better with a printed book in comparison to a digital equivalent. Children have also been found to have lower reading comprehension when reading on a digital device compared with a book.
Digital devices can also cause more eye strain than reading on paper. This in turn can lead to sleep disruption.
Authors Celebrated at the Post Office Shop
The best of British Authors are celebrated at the Post Office Shop. Our selection marks special anniversaries for an array of talent including Beatrix Potter and Agatha Christie. Also remembered is Jane Austen and 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of her death.
Many bicentenary events are planned through this year particularly in Hampshire where she spent most of her life. A Special Anniversary Service will be held at Winchester Cathedral on 18th July. Full details of all the events planned can be found at the Jane Austen 200 website.