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The Rise In Publications


Penmonkey

There are three interesting data points for the publishing world that I would like to share with you today:

  1. An estimated 550,000 books were published during 2008.
  2. An estimated 3,000,000 books were published during 2012.
  3. It is estimated that 130,000,000 books have ever been published.

To simplify the maths for you, that means 2.3% of the world’s books were published last year, which represents a growth of 545% in just 5 years. From 2006 to 2008 was an estimated growth of 462%.

I’m not sure how much I trust the above numbers, because I do not know how they were calculated. There are simply too many unexplained variables to objectively compare data from different sources. Regardless of potentially flawed methodology, these numbers paint a picture most people in the publishing world can clearly see: the landscape is changing.

Most of the growth in publishing has come from the self-publishing sector…

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