Posted on July 17, 2020 at 2:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A rising tide lifts all boats, right?

Well, not in the literary world right now.

NPD BookScan reported a 31.4 percent increase in sales of print fiction in  June over May, with adult, juvenile, and young-adult books all enjoying a share of that spike.

J.K. Rowling, however, only recorded a 10.9 percent increase in June, with Harry Potter works (both by Rowling and other authors) not even registering a double-digit increase.

That, Variety notes, is in contrast to her sales from January through May — up 26.5 percent compared to the first half of 2019.

Retail experts quoted in Variety’s article didn’t want to speculate on the cause, but the magazine pointed out that the drop coincides with Rowling’s widely criticized remarks about transgendered people.

Refresh your memory on that controversy and read more about its fallout (recorded and theorized) in Variety.

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