While social and fiscal reforms add to each other and the authors express their concern, the statistical report of the National Union of Publishing estimates 1.6% decline in turnover for publishers.

The figures of the edition for the year 2017 have just fallen. The economy of the book world in France is slightly worse off, with a decline in sales (book sales + rights sales) for publishers by 1.61%. It rose from 2.84 billion euros in 2016 to 2.79 billion euros last year. This drop is a little larger when we look at book sales (-1.90%). Vincent Montagne, president of the National Union of Publishing (SNE) which publishes these “figures of the edition”, however speaks of a “stable and resilient balance sheet”.

The number of copies sold fell from 434.5 million in 2016 to 430 in 2017, a decrease of 1.05%. According to the SNE, these results can be explained for the first half by the presidential campaign and the various elections, “not conducive to sales”. These first months were offset by “a solid start to the literary season and very dynamic sales at the end of the year,” explains the report.

Copyright assignments, on the other hand, yielded 137.9 million euros to publishers compared to 132.2 million in 2016. An increase of 4.37%, accompanied by the increase in copyrights in charge . The latter rose by 1.64% compared to 2016, amounting to 476.2 million in 2017 (468.5M in 2016).

Despite this growth, the authors remain worried that it does not reflect everyone’s condition because of the growing number of authors observed by this study. Discussions about their status remain topical, some even wishing to fix a comparison with the system of intermittent entertainment.

Despite a decline in sales of “pocket books” (-0.23% year-on-year), sales revenue in this format increased by 0.29%. It should be noted that, contrary to popular belief, literature only accounts for 58% of the market for pocket books, in addition to youth and the practical book. “This is not a good year for literature,” concludes Vincent Montagne, “but a good year for comics”.

The literature holds a 22.7% share of the book market, with growth of 2.7% compared to 2016. An increase explained by SNE by the “proliferation of titles of successful authors at the start of the academic year, the good vintage literary awards’ fall and year-end gift purchases. The comic strip, sixth market in value, knows, it, a rate of growth much more speaking: + 13%. Notably thanks to the “Asterix effect”, but also thanks to In the combi of Thomas Pesquet Marion Montaigne.

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