Book lovers are today celebrating the first awards of its kind in the UK to be based on popularity and sales data alone.

Celebrating success

The Specsavers Bestseller Awards, in collaboration with Nielsen Book, will be officially launched at a ceremony honouring best-selling authors in central London on Wednesday 25 January. Publicly celebrating success in sales across all formats for the first time, these awards follow on from the Nielsen Book Gold and Platinum Awards, which have used print book sales data to recognise achievements within the book industry since 2001. The Sunday Times will also be the official media partner for the event.

Million sellers will be awarded Platinum status, with Gold Awards for those books that have achieved sales of more than 500,000 since January 2000. A new Silver Award will be bestowed on books that have sold more than 250,000 copies in the same period. Authors, from J.K. Rowling to David Walliams and Joe Wicks - life coach author of the top-selling Lean In 15 series – will be honoured at the launch event.

Lose yourself in a good book

Specsavers’ founder Dame Mary Perkins says: ‘There is an obvious connection between reading and glasses and many of our customers enjoy nothing better than losing themselves in a good book, myself included! I am looking forward to seeing if there are any titles that I have yet to read. I sincerely hope that more people will join us in support of the industry and authors alike, to buy and share the most popular reads in Britain today.’

Details on the Specsavers Bestseller Award winners; listings of the latest bestsellers; and features on the authors to be celebrated at the launch event; will be found on the official website - specsaversbestsellerawards.com - from early January.

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