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Readers want less reality in their books

According to The Bookseller (via Beattie’s Book Blog) there’s been a massive slump in non-fiction hardback sales…

Could it be that everyone wants a little less reality after a year of battling recession? Or perhaps everyone finally got over the myriad of crappy celebrity memoirs that were being pumped out? Or maybe its a reality TV backlash?

Retailers are concerned about the performance of hardback non-fiction books in the run-up to Christmas, despite hardback fiction books “muscling” in to replace some of the lost revenue. Sales of this year’s top 10 non-fiction books in October were down 52% year on year, while sales of hardback fiction titles have soared by 90%.

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