It looks like more people are concluding that books are among the best holiday presents. Publishers Weekly reports that, despite the dismal economy, Nielsen Bookscan (a service that tracks about 70 percent of all U.S. book sales) found that sales were up 6 percent this Thanksgiving week compared with tallies from Thanksgiving 2007. Sales of children’s fiction rose the highest — up almost 38 percent.
With so much dismal news coming from publishing this week alone, this is a sign that, perhaps, the book world will not be hit quite as hard as the rest of the economy. Books make great gifts. They’re also great entertainment for those pinching pennies.