What's Trending in the Libraries?

The following statistics are based upon sales between 2013 and 2018.

Review our Graphs below, to see what's been popular...



Top Languages Supplied

No surprises with Urdu, with the large Pakistani community in the UK. However, in recent years, Polish has caught up with Urdu as the 2nd most requested language. Readership for Bengali and Hindi has slowly declined, whereas other Indic languages remain very popular (moreso outside the UK). We expect Arabic to make an appearance in the list over the next couple of years (although demand may have been high recently due to the Syrian crisis).

Urdu
20%
Polish
20%
Chinese
17%
Tamil
16%
Gujarati
13%

Top Fiction Genres

Romantic fiction is as popular as ever, especially in Chinese and Tamil languages. Short Stories dominate certain languages such as Punjabi and Gujarati. Social Novels continue to dominate Urdu and Farsi fiction. Mystery Novels (especially as translations) are hugely popular, especially in Polish.

Romance
25%
Social Novel / Family Saga
23%
Mystery / Thriller
19%
Short Stories
15%
General Fiction
10%

Top Non-Fiction Genres

As our ethnic communities become more elderly, non-fiction requirements are changing. At one-time, Religious and Political books were the most popular. Now we see high demand for Health and Fitness (diabetes, exercise, blood pressure etc) and Food and Drink (healthy cooking, celebrity chefs etc). As always, there is an extremely high demand for Biographies, although nowadays relating to Showbiz and Sports Celebrities in the USA, UK and readers' Home-Countries.

Food and Drink / Cookery
21%
Health and Fitness
19%
Biographies
16%
Self-Help
12%
Religion
10%

And For the Main Categories,
the Winner Is :-)


Content Type

Book Type

Fiction is dominant (80-20 has shifted to 70-30 in the last 5 years). But even with Google, non-fiction titles still remain fairly popular. Quality of Fiction remains very high, especially with Urdu, Polish and Chinese. Other languages such as Arabic and Farsi are making a resurgence too.

Reader Age

Age Group

Yes, for Foreign-Language it's mainly Adult readers. Unfortunately the younger generation are not retaining their mother-tongue language skills. However, a lot of Authorities are starting to heavily promote Junior Fiction and Dual Language, so there is some hope :-)

Book Binding

Binding

Most Indic books are hardback, but from everywhere else in the world, we generally supply paperback with good quality dust jackets - ensuring longevity for many years :-)



Year Of Publication

YOP

Libraries are generally procuring books published within the last 12 months. Classics or Evergreens are not usually requested unless associated with movies (such as Harry Potter).

Media Type

Media

We supply Books, Magazines, DVDs and CDs. At the moment, traditional Books dominate. However, e-Books are coming for Foreign-Languages and things might change. Watch this space :-)

Price Point

Unit Price

Foreign-Language books are pricier than home stock. Libraries request that the majority of books be less than £20 after discount, with a maximum price of £30 for a single book. The most common price range is £17-£20 per book.