Popular in translation !

A study commissioned by the Man Booker International Prize (and relying on Nielsen BookScan numbers) shows that there has been a surge of interest in books in translation in the UK, beginning with the observation that: “The volume sales of translated fiction books have grown by 96% since 2001 against a market which is falling overall”.

Specifically: “translated fiction rose from 1.3 million copies sold a year to 2.5 million. In the literary fiction market, the rise was from 1 million copies to 1.5 million”.

This is certainly very encouraging. And it would be great to see a similar count being conducted in the US market.