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February 3, 2023

Reading Map of Romania: Which volumes Romanians chose on Libris in 2022

  • Children’s books – the most books sold at national and county level
  • When the body says NO- the best-selling book in 2022
  • Gabor Mate- favourite writer of 2022
  • 3 counties concentrate over 25% of sales

Libris, the reference online bookstore on the Romanian market, sold over 2.3 million products in 2022, with an average order registered at the national level of 113 lei. The most active counties in terms of book purchases remained Bucharest, Brasov and Cluj, which account for more than a quarter (28%) of the volumes ordered national wide.

The list of best-selling books includes international bestsellers such as “When the body says  NO” (Gabor Mate), “Hold on to your kids” (Gabor Mate, Gordon Neufleld) or “Three apples fell from the sky” (Narine Abgarian), but also volumes for children and teenagers, like “The Little Prince” (Antoine de Saint-Exupery) or “Great Recreation” (Mircea Santimbreanu).

Gabor Mate is the best-selling author on Libris in 2022, along with Coleen Hoover and Antoine de Saint Exupery.

The top of the best-selling Romanian authors is led again this year by Ioana Chicet-Macoveiciuc, followed by Dumitru Constantin Dulcan and Ioana Parvulescu.

The most book orders per capita were made in 2022 from Bucharest, followed by Brașov and Cluj, and the fewest orders on Libris were placed in Harghita, Covasna and Ialomita

In 2022, national wide, the average number of volumes per order is 3.7, and the national average of the order registered on Libris was 113 lei, up 10% compared to 2021, with a maximum of 240 lei/average order, recorded in Brasov county.

National wide, the highest traffic was recorded from mobile devices, respectively 3 times higher than from desktop: Bucharest (83.5%), followed by Timis (82.4%) and Cluj (81.9 %).

“The reading map of Romania, our analytical approach already with tradition at the beginning of the year, becomes year to year more than a simple analysis of the previous year’s sales. It is a point of reference for the national book market, a true biography of Romania and, at the same time, a genuine source of inspiration for the readings of the new year. We are delighted to find out that the youngest readers are still interested in reading. A quarter of the volumes delivered in 2022 are Children’s Books, a category that dominates the sales charts, which is a good signal regarding the future of reading in Romania,” said Laura Teposu, Libris CEO.


Reading map: Top 5 most active counties in terms of book purchases


The top of the counties to which the most orders placed on Libris were delivered remains the same as in 2022.

The counties with the most orders also register similar preferences, the three best-selling books being the ones that dominate the charts in 4 of the 5 counties (Bucharest, Cluj, Ilfov and Iasi). The exception is Brasov, where the residents’ choices include volumes of personal development and well-being.

1.Bucharest – 382.470 books sold;

2.Brasov- 186.891 books sold;

3.Cluj- 100.644 books sold;

4.Ilfov- 94.446 books sold;

5.Iasi- 83.447 books sold;


Biography of Romania: What books were read in 2022


In 2022, interest in English language books increased spectacularly, with more than 70% more volumes delivered than the previous year.

The most volumes delivered were from the Children’s Books category, occupying the leading place in each county, followed by books from the Fiction category. Personal development books or those in the Humanities category occupy the 3rd place nationally, with the exception of Covasna county, where the 3rd place is occupied by Spirituality, Esotericism category.

The best-selling volume on Libris.ro in 2022 is “When the body says NO” (Gabor Mate), a title that is in first place in the choices of readers from 13 counties, namely Alba, Bacau, Braila, Bucharest, Cluj, Constanta, Galati, Iasi, Mures, Neamt, Prahova, Sibiu and Timis.

If in Călărași most readers are passionate about classic reading, Jane Austen being one of the best-selling authors, in Arad, Kathryn Porte’s “Dental Assistant Book” was the best-selling title of 2022. “50 exercises to improve your communication skills” – Jean Philippe Vidal was preferred by the Brasov public in 2022, while in Maramures, the top sales was dominated by ‘Fantastic Birds. Colouring book for adults’, Libris data shows.


Top 5 best-selling books on Libris in 2022


  1. When the body says NO- Gabor Mate
  2. The Little Prince- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  3. Hold on to your kids – Gabor Mate, Gordon Neufleld
  4. Great recreation – Mircea Santimbreanu
  5. 3 apples fell from the sky – Narine Abgarian


Top 5 best-selling English books on Libris in 2022


  1. It Ends with Us – Colleen Hoover
  2. Hideaway – Penelope Douglas
  3. Punk 57 – Penelope Douglas
  4. Can’t Hurt Me – David Goggins
  5. Kill Switch – Penelope Douglas


The most popular categories and the top 3 best-selling titles in each


Books for children

  1. The wonderful forest – Mihail Sadoveanu
  2. 500 amazing and funny truths
  3. Creionel 5-6 years. Graphic exercise book


Fiction Literature

  1. Three apples fell from the sky – Narine Abgarian
  2. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – John Boyne
  3. The Innocents – Ioana Pârvulescu


Personal development

  1. When the body says NO – Gabor Mate
  2. The Art of Manipulation – Kevin Dutton
  3. The myth of normality. Trauma, Illness and Healing in a Toxic Culture – Gabor Mate


Humanistic sciences

  1. Scattered minds. The Origins and Cure of Attention Deficit Disorder – Gabor Mate
  2. Thoughts to himself – Marcus Aurelius
  3. Family Constellations – Bert Hellinger


Spirituality and Esotericism

  1. 5 wounds that prevent you from being yourself – Lise Bourbeau
  2. Heal your 5 Wounds – Lise Bourbeau
  3. The Extraordinary Power of Your Subconscious Mind – Joseph Murphy


Top 10 bestselling authors

  1. Gabor Mate
  2. Colleen Hoover
  3. Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  4. Lise Borbeau
  5. Roald Dahl
  6. Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
  7. Ioana Chicet – Macoveiciuc
  8. J. K. Rowling
  9. Jeff Kinney
  10. Narine Abgaryan


Top 10 bestselling Romanian authors:

  1. Ioana Chicet-Macoveiciuc
  2. Dumitru Constantin Dulcan
  3. Ioana Pârvulescu
  4. Mircea Cărtărescu
  5. Dan-Silviu Boerescu
  6. Radu Paraschivescu
  7. Alec Blenche
  8. Alexandru N. Stermin
  9. Tatiana Niculescu
  10. Ela E. H.

What are the most read volumes, the number of books ordered, traffic from mobile devices and data about the orders of the most loyal readers in each county can be consulted on the interactive map created by Libris by processing sales data* for the year 2022, on this link – Romania in read books, 2022 Edition.


*For greater relevance, the analysis excludes textbook sales.




A 100% Romanian business, Libris entered the book market in 1991, with the bookstore Șt. O. Iosif from Brașov. In 2009, Libris.ro appeared which, in 13 years of online existence, became a reference name in the bookstore segment in Romania.

During all these years, Libris has taken an active role as a supporter of reading and has run numerous campaigns in this regard. Since 2019, Libris has started the CarteTeca project, through which it aims to reach more than 350 educational institutions in 5 years, with donations of current volumes, which will attract children and teenagers to reading.

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