Fiction sales drop by a quarter in the last five years, as lack of leisure time takes its toll –

Just the last year has seen a seven per cent drop in spending, as the nation appears to fall out of love with the novel in favour of non-fiction.

A bumper year for non-fiction saw a nine per cent rise in sales to £884m, helping the UK publishing industry as a whole to its strongest year in history.

Last year, 2016, saw a total of £4.8 billion in book sales, with seven per cent growth creating the largest year-on-year increase since 2007 when digital sales were first taken into account.

Continuing a trend from 2015, digital sales once again fell as physical books increased, helped by diet books, cookery books, biographies and the remains of the adult colouring book craze.


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