Thursday, May 29, 2008

400,000 Books and Counting

According to stats released Wednesday by R.R. Bowker, the total number of books produced in 2007 increased 39% to 411,422. The reason? Print on demand, short run, and unclassified titles, whose numbers jumped from 21,936 to 134,773.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's the number of titles, right (and not the number of books)?

Jonathan Lyons said...

I'm not sure what you're asking. The actual number of books that were produced last year is in the many millions.

Jonathan Lyons said...

Oh, I see. I think most people will know what I mean.

Kristin Laughtin said...

So the number of non-POD/short run/etc titles is still around 275K.

Hmm, not bad. Still a lot of titles.

Kristin Laughtin said...

So the number of non-POD/short run/etc titles is still around 275K.

Hmm, not bad. Still a lot of titles.

Ryan Field said...

I can't help but wonder what governs the categories that suffered drops.

Robin S. said...

Hi Jonathan,

Are there numbers/stats somewhere to compare hard copies/traditionally published books, from year to year?

Say - to compare 1987 to 2007? I can't help but think that number has grown by a large amount.

I think it's interesting to think about, for a number of reasons.

Jonathan Lyons said...

BISG or Bowker might have that type of info...