Thanks for giving me the go-ahead on this. I have a bit of good news
-- I did manage to find some additional data that takes us a bit
beyond the Berkeley report.
I've summarized the available information in the answer, below.
Before rating the answer, though, please let me know if you need any
additional information. Just post a Request for Clarification, and
I'll be happy to assist you further.
Best of luck with your "disruptive" product.
First off, a summary of the Berkeley data from their "How Much
Information? 2003" report. You can find the full report segement that
discussed books at:
They found the following:
For the world:
--4.0 billion books were published in 2003
--Between 74 million and 175 million individual titles exist in the world
--About 950,000 titles were published in 2003
For the US:
--1.62 billion books were purchased in the US
--2.087 million book titles are available for sale in the US
--4.12 million book titles are available in total -- current "for
sale" + "out of print" books
-- 141,901 new titles publised in 2003
The worldwide figure of 950,000 for the number of titles in a year
comes from UNESCO statistics which -- although very incomplete, and a
bit dated -- are probably your best source of country-by-country
comparisions. The data through 1999 can be seen at:
and show that the largest book-publishing countries (with statistics
Canada and Brazil, each with 20,000-25,000 new titles a year.
France, 40-50,000 per year
Germany, 71-78,000 per year
Iran 10-15,000 per year
Japan, about 56,000
US, around 68,000 [much lower estimate that the Berkeley figure]
The UNESCO data doesn't give figures for China, but there are some
available around the web.
This article from China.org provides some figures:
By the end of 2001, a total of ... 6.35 billion books were published
nationwide. ...China now has over 560 publishing houses, which offer
new and established books of about 100,000 titles to the market every
A similar perspective --but different numbers -- can be found in this
posting from the Chinese Embassy:
The Chinese people also enjoy broad accesses to information. In 1998
...7.24 billion books of over 130,000 titles were published.
[Note that the Chinese figures for total number of books, alone, are
larger than the total World figures provided by Berkeley. Without
knowing where the Chinese data actually comes from, it's hard to know
how seriously to take the numbers]
Lastly, this report from the Book Industry Study Group provides very
up-to-date figures for book publishing in the US:
Book Industry TRENDS 2004
US book publishers printed 2.222 billion books in 2003, and projected
2.249 billion for 2004.
These figures include 536 million books sold in the "Adult Trade" and
another 535 million in the Juvenile Trade in 2003.
I hope this information fully meets your needs. But again, just let me
know if there's anything else you need.
All the best,
search strategy -- Mostly used bookmarked sites for information and
book industry stats, but also searched on Google for [ "3..300 billion