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Old 08-15-2015, 02:33 PM   #1
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Christmas Dreams: 503 titles hit UK bookstores the same day

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http://www.theguardian.com/books/201...ooks-published

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The clues are in the announcement of more than 500 titles to be published on Super Thursday, 8 October, the publishing industry’s major assault on the Christmas market, previewed inFriday’s Bookseller.

The date will also see the launch of the third annual Books Are My Bag, a celebration of books and bookshops, with events including signings and readings across the UK and Ireland. The artist Grayson Perry has designed a limited edition bookbag, following last year’s sell-out version by Tracy Emin, and there will also be a children’s version featuring the Charlie and Lola characters of Lauren Child.

This year 503 books will be published in hardback on Super Thursday, twice as many as in an average week, and 300 more than than in the following week.
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Followed shortly by a statement from the head of one of the big publishers: we're not sure why there wasn't a standout best seller in the new releases, but it's obvious that it's all Amazon's fault.
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In the UK, roughly £1.7bn was spent on print books last year, compared with £393m on e-books, says Nielsen Book Research's Scott Morton. The digital newcomers' share of the market seems to have settled at about 30%.

On the high street, Waterstones saw physical book sales grow 5% over the Christmas period compared with the year before, while Foyles saw sales rise 8.1%.

The era of the printed book, it would seem, is far from over.
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