From The Bookseller:
Last year saw the largest number of titles published since records began 15 years ago, Nielsen Book figures have shown.
The UK publishing industry produced more than 133,000 titles during 2009 – an increase of 3.2% on the previous 12 months – hitting the highest output for a single year ever.
When Nielsen first began collating the data, the UK produced fewer than 100,000 titles a year. The highest until now had been 14 shy of 130,000, a figure reached in 2003.
Nielsen said: “The increases can be accounted for in part by growth in print-on-demand (POD) and digital product, which we expect to continue to increase in the future.”
English-language titles recorded by Nielsen Book as having been published somewhere in the world, excluding UK and Ireland, have also grown exponentially, with 2009 showing a record 604,768 publications.
The new book production figures have also increased the overall number of bibliographic records held on the Nielsen Book database to 10.4m globally and 5.8m for UK & Ireland.