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1999 Consumer Research Study Shows Sales Gain for Adult Trade
A news item from the American Booksellers Association about this study on the adult trade book market.

2008 Sees Traditional Publishing Decline, but On-Demand Publishing More than Doubles
Traditional publishing faces pivotal year of retrenching, while emergence of new technologies leads to soaring growth in short-run book publishing

December 2002 - Book Sales Slump
December turned out to be quite a dreary month for several book categories including, adult trade hardbound, juvenile paperbound, and audio books.

U.S. Book Production Plummets 18,000 in 2005, According to Bowker
U.S. book production plummets 18,000 in 2005, according to Bowker Statistics; smaller publishers show the largest drop in new titles; UK now leader in English language publishing.

Annual Book Production
Information from the International Publishers Association.

Book Industry Net Sales
"US book sales totaled $25,322,700,000 billion in 2000, a 3.4 percent increase over 1999." A press release from the American Publishers Association.

Canadian Publishers' Records
Over 1400 archival collections beginning before 1995 which relate to the history of secular English-language book publishing in Canada including records of publishing companies, authors, editors, and organizations.

Canadian Reading Habits
Percentage of Canadians who read newspapers, magazines and books, by sex and age.

CAP Ventures
CAP Ventures is the leading marketing research and consulting firm to the digital printing, electronic imaging and document management industries.

Cowles SimbaNet
Book publishing reports and newsletters. Sample issues of the newsletters are available on site.

Influences on Book Purchasing
Several tables showing results from a 2003 UK study on book purchasing.

International Annual Book Production
A chart listing book title production in many countries around the globe from 1990 to 1996.

Literacy and Educational Attainment
1959 statistics on US literacy and education.

MIR Data
Market information source for the college textbook publishing industry, providing critical sales and market share data for over 1,600 courses in 50 academic disciplines.

National Centrer for Education Statistics
Lots of information and statistics on adult literacy, reading habits, public library statistics, and more.

Net sales in Canada of publishing firms and exclusive agents
A table from Statistics Canada covering English and French language publishing firms from 1991 through 1997.

Poll Shows Continuing Strong American Reading Habits
This September 1999 Gallup poll finds that Americans can be fairly avid readers.

Profile of book publishing and exclusive agents
A profile of Canadian English-language book publishing companies, the books they published and reprinted, their staff, and their sales, from 1991 to 1997.

Publications from the Book Industry Study Group
The BISG publishes many useful reports ranging in price from under $5 to over $500.

Reading habits change in new on-line revolution
Myriad surveys, reports, panels, forecasts and studies are being commissioned to sort out and predict the trends in America's reading habits. The most reliable of them conclude that while the practices and formats of reading are changing dramatically, the quest for information via the written word is not only surviving, it is thriving.

Reading Habits of Adolescents
This poll was conducted by Peter D. Hart Research Associates from February 9 to 15, 2001, among a national cross section of 509 young Americans, ages 12 to 18. The margin of error for the poll is (+/- 4.4%)

Schoolbook Spending in the UK
A report based on data from over 1200 UK schools. PDF format.

The Journey to Literacy
Have children (and their parents) become slaves to the "boob tube," passive accomplices in a mass media orgy of mindlessness? The facts, not surprisingly, prove somewhat less apocalyptic.