Book sales revenue in the United Kingdom (UK) 2009-2018, by category

Overall publisher book sales revenue in the United Kingdom was down in 2018 compared to the previous year, but some categories did better than others. Sales revenues for children’s books and non-fiction/reference books were up, whereas academic/professional book sales revenue fell by over 100 million in 2018.

Physical sales should take a leaf out of digital’s book

This graph shows the sales revenue of books by category in the UK, but it is also interesting to see how sales revenue has fared by format. Digital sales revenue has grown considerably over the past ten years, with the rise of the e-book, and was up by 28 million British pounds in 2018.

Books sold in high volumes

Higher sales volume means higher sales revenue. The year 2018 saw some great book releases with bestsellers flying off the shelves in the millions. Among the list of bestsellers were works of fiction, children’s books and cooking/healthy eating books. Statistics show that in 2019 there were more authors, writers and translators in the UK than there were in 2018.

Publisher book sales revenue in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2009 to 2018, by category

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Release date

July 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2009 to 2018*

Special properties

net invoiced value; physical and digital books

Supplementary notes

*Figures for 2009-2013 published earlier by the source.
Digital book sales include sales of: consumer audiobook download, consumer ebook, consumer other, non-consumer ebook, online/subscription access and other non-consumer.

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