6 Feb 2015

Major turnaround for book sales

3:27 pm on 6 February 2015

Booksellers New Zealand says the start of 2015 has brought a major turnaround for bookstores, with the number of sales up from the same time last year.

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The industry body said the first period of the New Year sales figures was up 15 percent in value from last year. Last year, sales were down 12 per cent.

Booksellers NZ chief executive Lincoln Gould said the numbers for book sales by the end of 2014 were the highest in value terms for the previous six years, but given this start to 2015, new records could be set.

In an earlier interview, last month, Mr Gould said more shops were getting onboard with online selling, and for many this had become a significant part of their revenue.

Booksellers in Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom all reported record Christmas sales and a rise in overall book sales last year.