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Can you guess how many print books sold in Australia in 2018?

Can you guess how many print books sold in Australia in 2018?

Reading is Australia’s favourite leisure activity. On average, we spend more time with books in our hands than Americans and Brits, and we still far prefer print over e-books.

So how many books sold in Australia last year?

After a booming summer holiday period, the facts and figures are in. Topping the bestseller list, for the second year, was Melbourne author Scott Pape, who sold 524,096 copies of The Barefoot Investor in 2018 alone. His follow-up book, The Barefoot Investor for Families, came in at number five on the 2018 bestseller list with 168,761 copies sold.

Liane Moriarty’s Nine Perfect Strangers was in fourth place with 214,145 copies sold, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck hit #3 with 227,522 copies, and The 104-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths came in second with 268,376 copies sold.

All up, 61 million print books were sold in 2018. That’s a 1.3 per cent increase from 2017. The total value of print books sold was $1.2 billion.

In the UK, 191 million books were sold, worth $2.9 billion.

According to a comprehensive study of the book industry released by Macquarie University in 2017, most of us buy books in store, and at least 50 per cent of readers have ordered books online.

We also borrowed about the same as many books as we bought; 43 per cent of us buy a book each month, compared to the 41 per cent of people who borrowed one from friends or public libraries.

While nearly half of readers access books online, only 1 in 10 people use an e-reader exclusively. The report concluded that there is a strong culture of books and reading in Australia, and in light of the increase in print sales in 2018, it seems our love of books is only growing stronger.