Female Authors Helped Bookstore Sales Rise For First Time Since 2007

2015 was a great year for female writers.

Print is dead? Think again. 

American bookstores reported an increase in sales for the first time since 2007, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

In 2015, sales hit $11.17 billion, a 2.5 percent increase from the previous year. However, Publisher's Weekly noted that e-book sales were down.

Harper Lee's novel "Go Set A Watchman" topped the U.S. bestsellers list. "Grey" by EL James and Paula Hawkins' thriller "Girl On The Train" came in second and third respectively.

The Nobel Prize for Literature in 2015 went to Belarusian author Svetlana Alexievich. Only 13 other women have won the prize in the 100-plus years it's been awarded.

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