July 24, 2012 (New Providence, NJ) – The 2012 London Olympics has prompted record levels of publishing activity focused on the Games, according to Bowker Books In Print®, a leading and reliable source of information on books and publishing metrics. One hundred twenty books – in print and e-versions --have been brought to market in 2012, eclipsing the previous record 109 titles released in 2008 in time for the Beijing Summer Games. Bowker is an affiliate of global information company ProQuest.
The large New York publishing firms might have been forgiven, in early 2000, for taking little or no notice of a slim volume of Bible commentary put out by Multnomah Publishers, a small religious publishing house based in Colorado Springs. The book, which analyzed an obscure Old Testament passage as a sort of self-help guide to releasing “God’s favor, power and protection” through prayer, was bought up by large evangelical churches and began to be talked about online and in so-called “small group ministry” sessions around the country. One year and 4 million copies later, everyone in the publishing world had heard of