Increasing Book Sales
The Irish book trade has been experiencing significant growth in recent years, with sales of books and e-books on the rise. According to recent data from Nielsen BookScan, the Irish book market grew by 7% in 2021, with sales of printed books up by 6.5% and e-books up by 12.9%. This growth comes in spite of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced many bookshops to close temporarily and disrupted supply chains.
Several recent newspaper reports have highlighted the growth of the Irish book trade. In a piece for The Irish Times, literary editor Martin Doyle notes that sales of Irish books have been buoyed by the popularity of Irish crime fiction and historical fiction, as well as a renewed interest in Irish language books. He also highlights the importance of independent bookshops in promoting Irish literature and supporting local communities.
The Sunday Business Post reports that Irish publishers have been expanding their international reach, with exports of Irish books increasing by 31% in the first quarter of 2021. This growth has been driven in part by the success of Irish crime writers such as Tana French and Liz Nugent, whose books have become international bestsellers.
Another factor driving the growth of the Irish book trade is the increasing popularity of audiobooks. Nielsen BookScan data shows that sales of audiobooks in Ireland grew by 41% in 2021, reflecting a global trend towards this format. This growth has been driven by the availability of more audiobooks from Irish publishers and retailers, as well as the increasing accessibility of audiobook platforms such as Audible and Apple Books.
The growth of the Irish book trade is a testament to the resilience and creativity of the industry in the face of challenges such as the pandemic and the rise of digital media. As readers continue to seek out new voices and perspectives, Irish publishers and booksellers are poised to meet the demand with a diverse range of titles and formats. Whether in print, digital, or audio form, Irish literature remains a vital and vibrant part of the global literary landscape.