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Lost in a Circus of Book Industry Stats

As we try and gather statistical data on the book industry—on both the publishers and sellers—we find ourselve lost in a circus like enviroment. It is truly difficult to get reliable figures on this industry, particularly on eBook sales. It’s a little like finding yourself standing in front of a distorting mirror while it giggles, just a bit, and clowns dance around behind you. The figures we’re running across often vary wildly or totally contradict one another. Verifying these data, clarifying what exactly they are measuring, and putting them into some sort of orderly presentation is taking longer than we expected.

So, a little something to help tide you over. Here’s a cartoon we ran across in this hunt and thought we’d share. It’s by a cartoonist named Mazurke and appeared in the magazine Prospect. Here’s a link to their site.

Cartoon by Mazurke

We’ll share other tidbits we run across as we try and make sense of the circus of crazy statistics we’re finding on the book industry.


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