In 2021, UK book sales reached their highest point in a decade, according to data from Nielsen, with 212 million print copies sold despite the closure of stores during covid lockdowns. Which has helped Waterstones acquire Blackwell’s.
In 2018 Waterstones acquired rival bookstores Foyles outed as Waterstone’s fight back against Amazon and online and e-reading. Amazon are closing 68 brick-and-mortar retail stores across the U.S. and U.K. This includes its Amazon Books bookstores, its pop-up shops in various markets and its 4-star stores, where customers could shop popular and highly rated products across Amazon.com.
The importance of reading has never been so critical to inspire and use their creativity, we will see the bookseller launching new campaigns for different age groups to encourage families to read together, books to take on holidays and best reads for family members.