Frank Fiore – Novelist & Screenwriter

July 22, 2009

How Many Books Were Published Last Year?

Filed under: On Writing — Frank Fiore @ 11:04 AM

For us authors, trying to break through the din of the plethora of books published each year is hard.

Here’s why.

Did you know that about 550,000 books were published last year. That’s about 20,000 a day!!

Bowker, the global leader in bibliographic information management solutions, released statistics on U.S. book publishing for 2008.

Bowker is projecting that U.S. title output in 2008 decreased by 3.2%, with 275,232 new titles and editions, down from the 284,370 that were published in 2007.

Despite this decline in traditional book publishing, there was another extraordinary year of growth in the reported number of “On Demand” and short-run books produced in 2008.  Bowker projects that 285, 394 On Demand books were produced last year, a staggering 132% increase over last year’s final total of 123,276 titles.  This is the second consecutive year of triple-digit growth in the On Demand segment, which in 2008 was 462% above levels seen as recently as 2006.

Will On-Demand publishing become the new Publishing model of the future?



  1. punctilious post. upright one detail where I contest with it. I am emailing you in detail.

    Comment by Debt Settlement Program — August 18, 2009 @ 12:52 PM | Reply

  2. […] more than 600,000 published titles in 2009; a lot more than what I could read (an increase vs 2008 were there were around […]

    Pingback by 2009, a year in pages « Homo Homini Lupus — December 31, 2009 @ 2:44 PM | Reply

  3. Is it not about 2,000 books per day (and not 20,000) ?

    Comment by K.R.Srivarahan — March 1, 2010 @ 9:34 PM | Reply

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