The price of books rose by 12.8 per cent in the three months to the end of September and an average of 7.4 per cent over the whole of 2014, as tracked by the Office for National Statistics. That is the highest rise since ONS records began in 1997.
The figures, which include hardbacks, paperbacks and ebooks across a range of outlets online and on the high street, reflect a new attitude among some book buyers, believes James Daunt, managing director at 276-store chain Waterstones.
‘The ebooks market was embraced very strongly at first, but it now looks like most ebook buyers are also buying physical books,’ he said.
‘The value of having a book sat on your desk, that you can pick up or lend to someone, has come back. It would be nice to say it was about consumers supporting local bookshops, but I’m not sure that is the case.
‘But as a company – and we are a large part of the high street market now – we are getting much better at selling hardbacks and we’re selling more, which hasn’t been the case for a long time.
‘We’re also seeing strong growth in children’s book sales. There was an expectation that children from the ages of nine to 12 would increasingly want to read on digital readers, but that doesn’t seem to have happened,’ said Daunt.
Came upon this piece via Twitter at the weekend. How interesting!
I think there is still a fear of digital in publishing — not of the ebook “revolution” or some mass-destruction mass-disruption drama, but of the actual process of code and digital development: a general “I can’t do that” or “it’s too hard” or “it’s not really necessary”.
Coding isn’t easy, but it’s not hard either. You just need to give yourself some time to try it. Last year, I built 11 web apps in 10 days, during two week-long coding courses at Steer. It felt like magic, but it really wasn’t. It showed me conclusively that anyone can learn to code.
Publishing’s competitors — not to mention our young readers — are mastering it, so we need to master it, too. Jeff Bezos, founder and c.e.o. of Amazon, can code. How long will it take for a big publisher to have a c.e.o. who understands code?
very much hope there will be another series of the New Zealand books show
Episode 5 of New Zealand’s rather admirable books programme….
14 Beautiful Independent Bookshops In London – a BuzzFeeed photo feature
And only one of them – Belgravia Books – featured thus far in ACHUKA’s own series of indie bookshop visits, so lots to keep us busy in London alone it seems….
When asked about his writing by a female teacher in the audience, who told the author she had “humiliated” herself by crying in the classroom while reading his novels, Morpurgo admitted he too became emotional about the war.”If you cry in front of children when you’re reading a book it’s good teaching,” he said.”How else do children ever get to know that books matter, that stories really matter, unless they see grown-ups touched by them?”He added: “I find it profoundly difficult to read the Carol Ann Duffy poem [about the Christmas Truce].”I think that’s the point of literature, it’s about something different: engaging us deeply, making us think.”When asked why many of his children’s books were so “melancholy”, he added: “Young people are thinking people.”I know your life isn’t perfect. There are really good bits about your life and maybe some bits that are not so good.”If you just write stories for young people and wrap everything in a little pink bow and say everything’s fine, they know you’re not being honest.”I have to be honest with people, look them in the eye and tell them a story – not try to pull the wool over their eyes.”
A Wood Green primary is officially the best read school in the country.
Lordship Lane Primary School, in Ellenborough Road, came top of the more than 3,500 schools taking part in this year’s Read for My School competition.
The 350 pupils at the primary school worked their way through 10,160 books in 60 days – and that is despite three-quarters of the children having English as their second language.
Pupils were so keen to add to their total that they would use the school ICT suite at lunchtime to read books online.
And it took just 24 hours for pupils to hit the 1,000-book mark.
Jackie May, deputy head teacher and literacy co-ordinator at the school, said the pupils’ enthusiasm “took her breath away” – especially with a late surge taking the total into five figures.
Ms May said: “Every class teacher signed up children and it was a whole school effort – the younger children were really keen to get involved.
“We had weekly assemblies where we would reveal the new total and it generated early tension and excitement. I would give out certificates to the children who had read the most that week.
“In the last week we had reached 9,000 and I said ‘come on, we’ve got five days’ and they did it.”
The competition, now in its second year, was launched by learning charity Pearson with charities Booktrust and The Pearson Foundation, and support from the Department for Education.