Book production hits 11-year low in 2020

Book production hits 11-year low in 2020

A big issue of the pandemic was been the shifting of publishing schedules, with many titles kicked into 2021, and a relatively small portion shifted from Lockdown 1.0 dates to the autumn of 2020—hysterically reported as a “tsunami” of books in the wider media, one which, it was alleged, would be damaging to new and emerging authors.

There is no question book production went down—way down. Just under 184,000 new titles were released in 2020, a 14% drop on 2019. That figure is the lowest in 11 years, and marks only the second time in the past decade that fewer than 200,000 titles were produc...

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