June 03, 2020 14:06
Book sales have increased markedly during the coronavirus lockdown.
Online bookstore Yes 24 said Tuesday that book sales have increased 16 percent so far this year. A Yes 24 staffer said, "It appears that many people turned to books to relieve boredom in lockdown."
Sales of books for children and teens rose particularly steeply at 70.8 percent on-year for the three weeks starting Feb. 23, when the Education Ministry announced the first postponement of school. That was the sharpest rate of increase seen over the last three years.
Books on fitness and hobbies were also in high demand with a 36.7 percent rise.
As more and more people became interested in investment amid record-low interest rates, sales of books on investment techniques also increased by 76.2 percent, with those on stock investment in particular soaring a whopping 155.2 percent.
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