A positive outlook for the tactile and sensory pleasure of reading a book. 2015 Book sales in a healthy positon…

Printed book doomsayers have been proved wrong yet again as figures for book sales in 2015 have trumped 2014 numbers and continue to climb.

According to data from Nielson Bookscan, 571 million more books were sold worldwide in 2015 than in 2014, while e-books accounted for only 25 per cent of total book sales, up slightly from 23 per cent in 2014.

The success of printed book sales can be attributed to popular titles generating major sales, such as Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, the increased demand for adult colouring books, and a big rise in children’s books

The impressive turnaround in book sales is welcomed by Victoria-based Doncaster Bookbinders. Owner Jeremy Dart says the business is ‘isn’t too surprised’ by the prodigal son return to hard-copy reading, and is excited by the success generated by a renewed interest in printed books.


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