The Dutch buy more books

The Dutch buy more books

It goes better with the sale of books in the Netherlands. After years of falling figures are there in 2015 approximately two million books sold than the year before.

NRC reports that based on data from the Association of the book trade (KVB). Wednesday, they presented the KVB Book Monitor at the book fair Buchmesse in Frankfurt.

The total turnover of the book market last year increased by 3.5 percent to 525 million euros compared to 2014. In 2015 there were a total of 39 million books sold.

Of all Dutch people reading, 86 per cent have a book. Despite the increase of the sales, spend the Dutch less time to read. Especially non-fiction and children’s books are popular. Fiction books are less in demand.


The increasing sales causes only a slight recovery in the market. In 2008, the market saw a turnover of 640 million. The years after it, a constant decrease by up to 35 percent in 2014.

In the Book Monitor is how many Dutch authors there are, the number of sales outlets, the market share of various publishers and how the diversity in the titelaanbod is made.

The monitor of the KVB was in the German city presented to minister Jet Bussemaker of Culture.

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