The book sales numbers and the bestselling books of 2021 in Germany, plus some data about the impact of the pandemic on reading behaviour.
December 2021 has been a refreshing month for the German book market, not only better than the 2020 pandemic winter, but also outperforming 2019.
In the second Corona winter, the November book sales across all distribution channels increased slightly compared to November 2020, but still under the pre-pandemic level.
The Digital Book Barometer Fall 2021 update provides a synthetic picture of the digital books (ebooks, audiobooks) dynamics in the DACH (GAS, i.e. Germany Austria, Switzeland) markets.
Year on year comparison: the Fall of 2020 saw a recovering book market after the first Corona spring, which would have only slowed down later with the second hard lockdown from mid-December.
Fewer and fewer people are buying more and more printed books. This trend is older than the pandemic. A look into the bookshop data 2021.