Bibliographic information provider R.R. Bowker last week released statistics on U.S. book publishing for 2007. Their findings suggest U.S. title output in 2007 increased slightly to 276,649 new titles and editions, up from the 274,416 that were published in 2006.
According to R.R. Bowker traditional book publishing was basically flat last year. While a “staggering rise in the reported number of “On Demand” and short-run books to 134,773, pushing the grand total for projected 2007 U.S. book output to 411,422 books.”
“The most startling development last year is the reporting of ‘On Demand’ titles, leading to a stunning five-fold increase of new titles in the unclassified category, which mostly consists of reprints of public domain titles and other short-run books,” said Kelly Gallagher, general manager of business intelligence. “It will be interesting to monitor this category in 2008 in order to get a sense of whether this is a sustainable trend or a one-year spike.”