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Bowker Stats

For those in publishing Bowker is a well-known name. The company is the exclusive agent for the United States issuing ISBNs (International Standard Book Numbers). The company also maintains the Books in Print database and is a diversified supplier of data, publications, and services to publishers and book distributors. Not surprisingly, Bowker is a valued source of statistics on books.

We were reminded of this by a story in the New York Times this morning here (“So Far, E-Books Aren’t Making Sales Waves”) citing Bowker as its source. The thrust of the story is the observation that e-books command just 2 percent of all books sold. Most books still march to market on paper legs (35% as trade paperbacks, 35% as hardcover books, and 21% as mass market paperbacks). Reporting on the channels, Bowker’s figures indicate that large chains (27% of books sold) hold the top position; e-commerce, read Amazon.com and others, come next (20%), and then in sequence book clubs (11%), mass merchandisers (8%), independents (5%), and “other” accounting for a right HUGE 29 percent. Long live Other!

Bowker’s site is here. We expect to sprinkle some stats from that source into this blog as time passes to maintain our emerging reputation as a site where you can never tell what you will encounter. Dog shows? Hieronymous Bosch? Astronomy? And, yes, the stats.

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  1. Vive l’inattendu!

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