Book Publishing Stats (2009)

Here are a few interesting publishing statistics from 2009 to give you some perspective on self-publishing.
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“The average book in America sells about 500 copies.”
(The Long Tail by Chris Anderson)

The self-publishing industry is speculated to be growing 30 percent every year.
(Guardian, Feb. 20, 2008)

The reported number of on-demand and short-run books in 2007 was 134,773, making the total for projected 2007 U.S. book output 411,422 books.
(Bowker, May 28, 2008)

Fewer than 20,000 of the new books published each year make it into the average chain bookstore.
(The Long Tail by Chris Anderson)

The Book Industry Study Group estimates that sales by smaller publishers and self-publishing companies reached $14.2 billion in 2005, the latest year figures were available.
(Guardian, Feb. 20, 2008)

AuthorHouse published nearly one out of every 20 U.S. titles in 2008.
(Self-publishing service AuthorHouse)

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