Libris.ro sold 1.5 million books in 2018; 5 out of 9 bestselling authors are Romanian

Aurel Dragan 17/01/2019 | 15:52

Libris.ro, the largest online bookstore in Romania, sold over 1.5 million books in 2018. Five of the 9 authors of the 10 best-selling books in 2018 are Romanians and Irina Binder is in the top 10 with 2 volumes.

‘The stranger next to me’, by Irina Binder, was the bestselling book on Libris.ro in 2018, being the favorite book in 30 of the 42 counties of the country. ‘Insomnia’ by the same author ranks 2nd in the national top, followed by the ‘Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint Exubery, ‘Medicine, nutrition and good mood’ by Simona Tivadar and ‘Sapiens. Brief History of Humankind’ by Yuval Noah Harari.

Romania in books: readers’ map

Bucharest, with 313,517 books, Brasov, with 130,873 and Cluj with 83,488 are the counties that ordered most books through Libris.ro in 2018. The bestselling titles in these counties were the ‘The stranger next to me’ by Irina Binder in Bucharest, ‘Blind’ by Petronela Rotar in Brasov and the ‘Romanian Constitution’ in Cluj.

The highest average order value was recorded in Brasov, RON 155, almost double the national average of RON 80. The most loyal customer on Libris.ro is also from Brasov, haivng placed 238 orders in 2018. In fact, customers in Brasov made an average of 1.73 orders, the highest value among counties. Customers in Bacau placed an average of 1.45 orders, and those in Cluj and Bucharest, 1.44 orders.

What Romanians read

Fiction, personal development and children books are the most popular book categories on Libris.ro, along with manuals and school books, in almost all counties of the country.

“Parental preoccupation for children’s education is becoming more and more noticeable in all areas of the country. School books, children books and parenting books are consistently among the top favorite categories, the top yet dominated by fiction. We are also pleased to note the growing popularity of the books written by Romanian authors,” says Laura Teposu, development director and founder at Libris.ro.

Top 10 national – bestselling books on Libris.ro in 2018:

  1. The stranger next to me – Irina Binder
  2. Insomnia – Irina Binder
  3. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  4. Medicine, nutrition and good mood – Simona Tivadar
  5. Sapiens. Brief History of Humankind – Yuval Noah Harari
  6. Speaking with Emma ed.3 – Vitali Cipileaga
  7. Blind – Petronela Rotar
  8. The day when nobody was at the other end of love – Ioana Chicet-Macoveiciuc
  9. The extraordinary power of your subconscious – Joseph Murphy
  10. 27 Steps – Tibi Uşeriu

Top 5 Bestselling of Fiction on Libris.ro in 2018:

  1. The stranger next to me – Irina Binder
  2. Blind – Petronela Rotar
  3. The day when nobody was at the other end of love – Ioana Chicet-Macoveiciuc
  4. Looking Inside – Petronela Rotar
  5. I still love you – Cristina Chiperi

Top 5 Bestselling in Books for Children on Libris.ro in 2018:

  1. The most beautiful stories – Ion Creanga
  2. 100 fun and educational games
  3. Montessori. Vocabulary – The world of plants
  4. Mind games – Sarah Khan
  5. Magic Pencil – Activity Book – Small Group 3-4 Years – Cristina Bănică

Top 5 Bestselling From Personal Development on Libris.ro in 2018:

  1. Insomnia – Irina Binder
  2. Talk to Emma ed.3 – Vitali Cipileaga
  3. The Five Languages ​​of Love – Gary Chapman
  4. Listen to your body, your best friend! ed. 3 – Lise Bourbeau
  5. Talk to myself – Prentice Mulford

Readers who use the most mobile devices

The traffic recorded on mobile devices on Libris.ro in 2018 reached 60 percent from total, and the highest usage rates were seen in visitors from Timis (76 percent), Bucharest (72 percent) and Cluj (71 percent). At the opposite end from the perspective of using mobile devices are visitors from Harghita (53 percent), Covasna (54 percent) and Braila (57 percent).

“The fact that people are buying printed books on the mobile is a sign that, although we are increasingly adapting to digitized life, we still want to spend time offline. It’s a globally observed tendency, and I’m glad to see that we’re in line with it and we’re spending more time on reading,” adds Laura Teposu.

Founded in 2009, Libris.ro is a 100 percent Romanian business and the largest online bookstore in Romania. Over 120,000 book titles are available to readers on Libris.ro, along with children’s games, board games, music, movies and gifts.

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