BOOKS have been selling by as much as a third more than they did at the height of the EU referendum, figures show.
The rise in book sales after the Brexit vote has seen them jump by nearly £20 million, with most of the growth coming from the UK.
The UK has seen a surge in the number of people buying books from Amazon as they have been allowed to sell goods directly from Amazon rather than through the EU.
But the UK is not alone in seeing a surge of interest in books after the vote.
According to the latest figures from bookseller BookScan, sales have increased by £2.3 million, and booksellers are predicting a further £3.3m boost this year.
“As Brexit has brought more and more people into the market, and the demand for books from the country has been increasing in the past few years, bookseller BookScan has seen an unprecedented surge in book purchases,” said Neil Hunt, BookScan’s CEO.
He added: “With this in mind, Bookscan is thrilled to see that the demand is picking up again after the decision to leave the European Union.”
The Brexit vote left many Britons feeling left behind by the EU and book sales have not been the only area of growth.
Amazon, which has sold a huge amount of books to the UK, has also seen huge growth.
According to BookScan figures, Amazon sales have risen by £5.2 million in the last year, with sales in the UK accounting for nearly half the total.
Other UK-based online retailers have also seen an increase in sales, including Bookscan.
A spokesman for Amazon said: “We’ve seen a lot of growth from the Brexit decision.
We’re really excited about the opportunities that Brexit has given us.
We believe that we will be able to support more people to read books online and buy books in the future.”