Number of books sold in the UK from 2009 to 2018

Over the years, the number of books sold in the United Kingdom (UK) has decreased significantly, dropping to roughly 191 million books as of 2018. That year, 'Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine' by Gail Honeyman was ranked the bestselling book in the UK, with over 800 thousand copies sold.

Digital book market

In 2018, the Kindle (Amazon) e-book store was the most commonly used service in the UK to stream, access, or share e-books through the internet. During that period, book-publishing houses reported a revenue of 653 million British pounds generated through digital books sales, up from 126 million British pounds in 2009.

Reading behavior in the UK

In 2017, 23 percent of respondents claimed reading printed books daily in the UK, compared to ten percent reading e-books at the same frequency. Crime and thriller accounted for the most read genre amongst the UK public in 2017.  

Number of books sold in the United Kingdom 2009 to 2018

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Release date

January 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2009 to 2018

Special properties

consumers age 12 to 74

Supplementary notes

Figure for 2017 was calculated based on information provided by the source.

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