Good news for publishers at London Book Fair last week- sales of physical books are up for the second year running. Meanwhile eBook sales have dropped by 4%.
The shift has been driven largely by the sale of adult colouring books and cookery books. While Nielsen found that 16-24 year olds are using books as a break from digital devices.
Could this be the start of a new trend?
Maybe, maybe not. What is clear though is our love affair with celebrity memoirs is coming to an end (phew!). A few famous names announced book deals at LBF last week. But the advances they’ve been paid are significantly lower than in the past.
However our lust for psychological thrillers shows no sign of abating despite what many agents at London Book Fair were saying about the genre peaking. As Jonny Geller from Curtis Brown said-
‘Readers still want psychological thrillers’.