Interesting Facts
50 million readers worldwide
200 million books sold per annum worldwide = 6.6 books per second
3.2 million regular readers in the UK, 13 million books sold per annum in the UK
UK Market leader with a 74% share of the paperback romantic fiction market, which in total is worth more than £54M each year
Romantic fiction accounts for 20.5% (vol) of all fiction books purchased at retail in UK
95% awareness of Mills & Boon brand in the UK
Over 3 million women in the UK regularly read a Harlequin Mills & Boon book.
57% of buyers spend 3 hours or more reading during the week
1500 authors worldwide; 1,400 new titles per annum; over 100 titles per month
If you stacked every book sold in a single day on top of each other, the pile would be 35 metres higher than the Eiffel Tower.
If you set out to read all the Harlequin books sold over the past ten years, averaging a little over two hours per book, you would be reading for the next quarter of a million years.
The weight of all Harlequin books sold last year would equal the maximum carrying capacity of more than 169 Boeing 747 cargo planes.
Over the last forty years, Harlequin characters have kissed each other over 20,000 times, shared about 30,000 hugs and headed for the altar at least 7,000 times.
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