U.S. Book Production Reaches New High of 195,000 Titles in 2004
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"2004 marked a return to pre-9/11 patterns of publishing," said Andrew Grabois, senior director of publisher relations and content development for New Providence, N.J.-based Bowker. "The historic increase in fiction, and the high double-digit growth of the religion, personal development, domestic arts, and travel categories, point to a seismic shift in the marketplace from the political to the personal. Publishers are betting that the reading public, exhausted by four years of terrorism, war, and polarizing presidential elections, will be more than ready for the kind of escapist and self-help fare that seemed trivial and inappropriate in the wake of a national tragedy."
Other interesting statistics from Bowker include the following:
-- 11,458 new publishers registered with the U.S. ISBN Agency in
2004, an increase of 5.3 percent over 2003.
-- 4,040 books were translated into English from another
language, a decrease of 8.1 percent from 2003.
-- Novels published by the large trade houses averaged 359 pages
in 2004, a growth of 24 pages since 1995, and 43 pages since
The book production figures in this preliminary release are based on year-to-date data from U.S. publishers. If changes in industry estimates occur, they will be reflected in a later published report. Books In Print data represents input from 81,000 publishers in the United States. The data is sent to Bowker in electronic files, and via BowkerLink(TM), Bowker's password protected Web-based tool, which enables publishers to update and add their own data.
Books In Print is the only bibliographic database with more than 5.6 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 data in North America for over 50 years. Books In Print was designated by Barnes & Noble Inc., the nation's largest bookseller, as the database of record for its stores and web site.