Print Isn't Dead, Says Bowker's Annual Book Production Report
Top book production categories:
Rank Category 2010 2009
1. Fiction 47,392 48,738
2. Juveniles 32,638 3,028
3. Sociology/Economics 28,991 26,904
4. Science 21,414 15,608
5. Religion 19,793 20,527
Non-traditional Print-on-Demand is concentrated in a handful of houses
In 2008, the production of non-traditional print-on-demand books surpassed traditional book publishing for the first time and since then, its growth has been staggering. Now almost 8 times the output of traditional titles, the market is dominated by a handful of publishers. In fact, the top three publishers accounted for nearly 87% of total titles produced in 2010.
A look at the top publishers by title output in 2010 shows who is providing this content, primarily through the web marketplace. SciTech mainstay Springer is the only traditional publisher represented.
Publisher 2010 ISBN count
General Books LLC 744,376
Kessinger Publishing, LLC 462,480
Books LLC 54,737
Lulu Enterprises Inc. 11,127
Xlibris Corporation 10,680
Numbers are gathered as a result of Bowker's maintenance of the industry's bibliographic database Books In Print and reported through PubTrack Production Trends Analysis. Books In Print is the only bibliographic database with more than 12.8 million U.S. book, audiobook and video titles. It is widely regarded throughout the publishing industry as the most authoritative and comprehensive source of bibliographic data available worldwide, and has been a trusted source of information in North America for more than 50 years. Audiobooks and e-books are excluded. If changes in industry estimates occur, they will be reflected in a later published report.
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