Thursday, October 18, 2018

Annual Number Of Published Books Hits A New Record

Book publishing is booming with more books published than ever before, according to Bowker Books in Print.

The number of books published in 2017 is not completely known, in part, because those using, Amazon’s KDP platform don’t use ISBNs, which are issued by Bowker, and Amazon doesn’t release its data.  However, based on ISBNs, over 1.35 million books were published last year.  

For the first time, self-published books crossed the one-million threshold, reflecting,a 28% increase from 2016.

This means over 3,500 new books are released every single day of the year – about one-fourth come from traditional publishers and about 10% are for e-only books.

Create Space is essentially the biggest publisher in the world if you look at its number of titles released.  752,000 self-published books came from the POD publisher owned by Amazon, representing some 55% of all books published.

Smashwords, Lulu, and Author House are the other self-publishing leaders but each are just a fraction of the market dominated by Create Space.

“2017 was a landmark year for self-publishers," says a report issued by Bowker.  “The clear message communicated by the 2017 data is that self-publishing is still evolving, still growing at a rapid pace, and shows no signs of slowing down.  The largest increase was in print books, showing an increase of 38%.”

Other highlights from the report show:

*Since 2012, the number of self-published titles increased by 156%.

*13% of all new self-published titles in 2017 were ebooks.

*Small publishers, defined by Bowker as those publishers who have produced 10 or fewer ISBNs, experienced modest growth of 4% to bring their total output to 56,396 for the year.

When I broke into book publishing in 1989, I recall the number of new books released to the public that year was around 45,000.  It’s hard to believe that we release that many in America in just a dozen days.  Think about that. 

Over Christmas break the same number of books that used to take a year to be released will flood our marketplace, one that’s overcrowded with millions of titles published just in the last few years.

With the nation at around 330,000,000 men, women, and children, one new title is released for every 250 Americans each year.

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