Last week Bowker released its annual statistics on book publishing in the U.S. for 2008. Using its Books In Print database the company projects a decrease in U.S title output by 3.2% or 275,232 new titles and editions. It reported a small increase last year.
In 2008 Bowker also reported “On Demand” Publishing More than doubled: “Bowker projects that 285,394 On Demand books were produced last year, a staggering 132% increase over last year’s final total of 123,276 titles. This is the second consecutive year of triple-digit growth in the On Demand segment, which in 2008 was 462% above levels seen as recently as 2006.”