Some interesting facts -Crime/Mystery Books in the UK

Crime/Mystery Books

•In the 52 weeks to 13th September 2009 consumers
purchased an estimated 20.5 million crime/mystery books.

•6% of these books were bought as Christmas gifts.

•Retired people accounted for 23% of crime/mystery purchases.

•The average price paid for a crime/mystery hardback was £9.92.

•12% of crime/mystery books were bought online.

Source: BML's Books and Consumers survey.
For more information on this and other genres, contact BML on: +44 0870 870 2345.

Make what you will from this, just thought I'd share it with you all.

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Comment by I. J. Parker on October 21, 2009 at 7:39am
Good. One needs to know as much as possible about this business. Large Print is expensive, but library sales are good for those.
Comment by Pauline Rowson on October 21, 2009 at 1:30am
Yes, it would be interesting to see figures for the USA and I suspect that on line sales are a much higher percentage. Retired people are always a good target market for my novels as they enjoy crime/mystery novels, have more money and time to read, and Large Print and Audio are growth areas! I wonder though who else accounts for the 77% of crime/mystery purchases. If BML reveal more detail of the report I'll post it here.
Comment by I. J. Parker on October 21, 2009 at 12:54am
Interesting. Wonder what that is like in the U.S.A. Online sales (Amazon) used to be about where yours are, but I have the impression that Amazon's have increased considerably over the past 5 or 6 years.

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