Boomtime for Booker

Books shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Award are flying off the shelves. The people who count such things report that this year’s top contenders are selling like never before. From the Guardian:

This year’s shortlist, announced on 6 September, is already the most popular ever. The six books have sold, collectively, 37,500 copies since the announcement, an increase of 127% year-on-year, and up 105% on the previous record-holding year, 2009. And there’s still another three weeks to go until the winner’s announced.

The piece goes on to look at the various reasons that this might be so. While they all sound valid, we hope the reason for the increased sales is simpler still: people are reading like never before!

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