Book Publishing Market Saw Steady Title Growth in 2011

“It’s important to look at these numbers in the context of the last several years,” said Gallagher. “The last few years of reprint/POD output has shown explosive growth that was simply not sustainable. Despite this year’s decline, the output from this sector is still up about 15 percent over 2009. It continues to be a vibrant sector of the market.”

Overall, publishing output is dominated by a handful of large reprint/POD houses. In fact, the top three—Bibliobazaar, General Books and VDM Verlag—accounted for more than 72 percent of the total yearly output in 2011. The largest POD publisher was Bibliobazaar with 773,857 ISBNs.

The other leading houses based on ISBNs are:

  • General Books — 249,871
  • VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller e.K. — 68,509
  • CreateSpace — 57,512
  • International Business Publications, USA — 14,294
  • Kessinger Publishing — 13,395
  • AuthorHouse — 10,644
  • Literary Licensing — 9,721
  • Xlibris Corp. — 8,152

Bowker, an affiliated business of ProQuest, has produced the venerable Books In Print bibliographic database, a go-to resource for the entire book business, for more than 50 years. Numbers for its annual output report are gathered as a result of the company’s maintenance of this essential work and reported through PubTrack Production Trends Analysis.

Books In Print is the only bibliographic database with nearly 17 million U.S. book, eBook, audiobook and video titles. It is widely regarded throughout the publishing industry as the most authoritative and comprehensive source of bibliographic data available worldwide, and has been a trusted source of information in North America for more than 50 years. If changes in industry estimates occur, they will be reflected in a later published report.

The full statistics report is available as a PDF download.

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