Frank Fiore – Novelist & Screenwriter

July 28, 2011

Fiction Books By the Numbers

Filed under: Frank Remarks,On Writing — Frank Fiore @ 4:24 PM
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According to the Google Book Project, throughout modern recorded history, nearly 130 million book titles have been published.


That includes all kinds of books.  Google counts books ranging from obscure doctoral theses in university libraries to the most popular fiction books of all time.

According to Bowker, the leading authority on book statistics, slightly more than 25,000 fiction books were published in the U.S. in 2002.  By 2008, this figure more than doubled to over 53,000 fiction books published.  In 2009, the recession’s impact reduced the number of fiction books published, but an impressive 45,181 titles were still published.  On average, fiction books represent about 16 percent of the total books published in the U.S. each year.

Half of all fiction books published in the U.S. in 2006 fit in the major fictional genres of romance, mystery, science fiction and fantasy.  In 2006, paperbacks were the major publishing format for fiction books, with 65 percent of romance books, 61 percent of science fiction and fantasy books, and 58 percent of mystery books published in mass-market (small) or trade (larger) paperback sizes.

Bowker’s 2006 study also analyzed the length of fiction titles and the suggested retail prices for new releases. In 2006, the average science fiction novel was 329 pages long, followed by romance at 324, and mystery at 292 pages. 

Pretty interesting stuff.


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