A November 2005 article in Fast Company Magazine states that the
average number of copies sold of a book is 11,800.
Fast Company Magazine
Getting on the Same Page
A book by the average author--that is, the average author who manages
to find an agent and land a deal--sells just 11,800 copies, according
to the Book Industry Study Group, a nonprofit research organization,
and RR Bowker, a provider of bibliographic information.
Here are a few of the other references that I found:
Vermonters for Better Education
THE VERMONT EDUCATION REPORT
November 18, 2002
Thus, whatever the difficulties of getting published, the greater
challenge is to have a book win even a modest degree of attention.
With 70,000 books a year it is statistically impossible for more than
a few to succeed. It has been said that, despite the occasional
million-seller, the average book sells about 5,000 copies -- which
means that many, perhaps most, sell far fewer than that.
Book Industry Statistics
?A successful fiction book sells 5,000 copies.
--Authors Guild. http://www.authorsguild.org/
A successful nonfiction book sells 7,500 copies.
--Authors Guild. http://www.authorsguild.org/?
How To Sell Your Photos for Books, Postcards and Stock Photography
?Finding a book publisher is very difficult. A typical book sells only
1,000 to 3,000 copies. A large publisher would only consider a book if
they think it will sell more than 20,000 copies. So why will your book
sell seven times more than the average book? There needs to be a very
Goleta DeskTop Publishing UG December 2001 Meeting Report
?Bill stated that the average book sells ~7500 copies, including
million-sellers and flops.?
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