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Production of print books by traditional publishers slowed in the United States in 2013, declining from 309,957 titles in 2012, to a projected 304,912 titles in 2013, according to Bowker®, the global leader in bibliographic information. The two percent decrease reverses the sector’s growth in 2012 over 2011, but points to a relatively stable market for print works, despite competition from ebooks. The figures were revealed today in Bowker’s annual report on U.S. print book publishing, compiled from its Books In Print® database.

The non-traditional publishing sector had a far more significant decline over 2012. Its print output for 2013 was projected at 1,108,183 titles, a decrease of 46 percent from its production of 2,042,840 titles in 2012, and a dramatic reverse from its 55 percent growth in 2012 over 2011. The non-traditional sector is comprised primarily of reprint houses specializing in public domain works and by presses catering to self-publishers and ”micro-niche” publications. Their titles are marketed almost exclusively on the web and printed on-demand.

“Traditional print production is holding up relatively well, supporting industry reports that ebook sales growth has been slowing,” said Han Huang, director of product management for Data Licensing at Bowker, a ProQuest affiliate. “Though the non-traditional sector dropped significantly, we feel it’s simply a market correction. The huge production that took place from 2010 through 2012 was an unusual period for non-traditional publishing, reflecting higher levels of investment and innovation.”

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05 Aug 2014

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