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In the UK, More Means More

And by that I mean “more publishers, more books.” Publishing News reports that the number of titles published in the UK in 2006 grew 4.1% year-on-year to over 115,000, according to new information published by Nielsen. In 2006, 115,522 books were published, up from 110,925 in 2005, although the figure is below the 2003 peak of 131,271 titles. Over the last 13 years, Nielsen calculates the rise in annual book production as over 22%. Global figures show that around 258,350 titles were published in the English language in 2006, up from 256,500 in 2005. The number of publishers in the UK is continuing to rise, according to Nielsen’s records of companies registering for their first ISBN prefix. New publishers in 2006 totalled 2,801, up from 2,739 in 2005 and 2,248 in 2001.

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