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On the Threatened Species List? Naw…

We’re pleased to report that book sales are on a right steady growth curve—and have been on the up and up all through the naughties, you might say. These data, from the U.S. Census Bureau, suggest that people are certainly buying books, and more each year than ever. But are they reading them? Stay tuned. In any case, our accountants are more interested in the dollars, dollars, dollars. And the shipments in this series stood at $15.5 billion in 2002 and ended this seven-year period up at $16.9 billion. Nice going, publishing. Sales at the production level grew at a rate of 1.5 percent a year. That’s not a staggering growth rate; it’s well below the growth of Gross Domestic Product, advancing in comparable dollars at 5.2 percent a year. But then, at Dwarf Planet, we cultivate humility, and growth is good enough for us. Books are here to stay. But are these books that people read—or just books they put on coffee tables? Big, heavy, full of glossy photos? Requiring no imagination to enjoy? Some are. To be sure. If all goes according to plan, we’ll report to you on the reading habits of those who push up the blue curve. May it go right to that Blue Sky where dreams are forged. Beyond the blue, out in space, that’s where Dwarf Planet lives, winking at the stars. And that’s where we are headed!

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