The Dutch buy more books
Booksellers sold more books, newspapers and magazines last year.17 March 2008
VOORBURG – Booksellers sold more books, newspapers and magazines last year. Yet Dutch people spend fewer hours reading these kinds of materials.
This emerged on Monday from figures published by Statistics Netherlands.
Bookshops remain the most important sales channel for books, with 55 percent market share, despite rising internet sales.
After two difficult years turnover at bookshops started rising again in 2005. In 2007 book shops sold almost 2.5 percent more than in the previous year.
Higher sales were achieved in fewer shops however. In 2000 there were still almost 1,400 bookshops operating, this number had fallen to about 1,100 in 2006. Small independent bookshops in particular have had to shut their doors.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2008]