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Best selling books in France 2019

In 2018, 'Un appartement à Paris' from Guillaume Musso was the bestselling book title in France. Musso needs no introduction in France, a country where 24 percent of the inhabitants considered themselves as fervent readers.

Guillaume Musso and Elena Ferrante: best sellers

“Astérix et la Transitalique“ was published in both print and digital formats and sold close to 1.6 million copies in 2017 in France. This success confirms comics are among the most popular books genres in France. But this ranking also shows the popularity of some authors in the country. “Un appartement à Paris” and “la Fille de Brooklyn", two of the ten bestselling books in France that year, have been written by Guillaume Musso. The Italian saga of Elena Ferrante “l’amie prodigieuse” was also one of the biggest hits in French bookstores that year.

The French love to read

Reading appears to be one of the favorite hobbies of the French. In a survey from 2017, 40 percent of French respondents declared they read 5 to 19 print books in a year. The production volume of books keeps increasing in France and the number of book copies sold in France is by far one of the highest in Europe. In 2016, more than 434 million copies were sold in France compared to 195 million in the United Kingdom.

Book titles ranked by unit sales in France in 2019

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April 2020



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sales in stores and on the internet in metropolitan France

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Figures are estimations based on the sales of a representative panel of sales point.

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