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New Zealand book market up 2.3% in 2019

New Zealand book sales were up 2.3% in value and 3.5% by volume in the past year, according to data from Nielsen BookScan.

In total, 6.4 million units were sold for total sales value of NZ$140.9 million (A$135.66m). Sales of fiction fell one percent, while nonfiction sales were up 2.2% and children’s book sales were up 5.4%.

UK children’s book author David Walliams was the year’s highest-selling author by value, with unit sales of 93,000 worth NZ$1.8 million (A$1.73m). Lee Child’s novel Blue Moon (Bantam) was the year’s highest-selling title, with 28,000 copies worth NZ$841,000 (A$810,000).

As previously reported by Books+Publishing, the value of the Australian market was down three percent in 2019.

 

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