• Video report by reporter Mary Stanley on the rise of reading during the coronavirus lockdown.

During the lockdown it seems more and more people are turning to books to provide an escape from the crisis.

One retailer says sales have increased by 400 per cent.

Across the region bookshops and libraries have been inundated with demand and book swap schemes are springing up in many towns and villages

While libraries are closed there's been more demand for online services.

500%

increase in e-borrowers in Kent

12,000

people are using Hampshire County Counci's digital library to download books and audio books.