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The State of the Publishing World Now

‡ Books published in 2009 using traditional production methods: 288,355, a ½% decrease from 2008. ‡ Books published in 2009 using on-demand printing/Internet: 764,448, a 181% increase over 2008.
http://www.bowker.com/index.php/press-releases/616-bowker-reports-traditional-us-book-production-flat-in2009

‡ Ebooks overtook audiobooks in 2009 with sales reaching $313 million in 2009, up 177%.
http://www.publishers.org/main/IndustryStats/indStats_02.htm

‡ CBA members in 2010: 1,700 Christian stores. http://www.cbaonline.org/nm/media.htm ‡ CBA members in 1999: 2,500 Christian stores. http://www.allbusiness.com/retail-trade/miscellaneousretail-retail-stores-not/4610343-1.html

‡ Independent bricks-&-mortar general bookstores in 2000: 3,250 ‡ Independent bricks & mortar general bookstores in 2010: 1,400 (The New Yorker) ‡ Generation X consumers buy more books online than any other demographic group, with 30% of them buying their books through the Internet ‡ 21% of book buyers said they became aware of a book through some sort of online promotion or ad
http://www.bowker.com/index.php/press-releases-2009/567-bowker-publishes-first-consumer-focusedresearch-report-for-book-industry

‡ Each successive generation is adopting and using technology at a significantly greater pace than their predecessors.
http://www.barna.org/media-articles/212-new-research-explores-how-technology-drives-generation-gap

‡ 3 million iPads sold in 80 days. ‡ Apple projects it will sell 16 million iPads in the first 12 months.
http://www.ipadinsider.com/tag/ipad-sales-figures/

‡ Internet users worldwide: 1.8 billion. http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm ‡ Internet users in the USA: 228 million. http://www.internetworldstats.com/am/us.htm ‡ 21% of book buyers said they became aware of a book through some sort of online promotion or ad
http://www.bowker.com/index.php/press-releases-2009/567-bowker-publishes-first-consumer-focusedresearch-report-for-book-industry

‡ News today is increasingly a shared, social experience. Half of Americans say they rely on the people around them to find out at least some of the news they need to know.
http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1602/new-media-review-differences-from-traditional-press

‡ If Facebook were a country, it would be the 3rd most populated in the world, after China and India; ahead of USA, Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Russia, and Japan.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_population

‡ In 2005, nearly half of all Americans read at least one religious book, other than the Bible, from cover to cover in the past two years.
http://www.barna.org/barna-update/article/5-barna-update/176-religious-books-attract-a-diverse-audiencedominated-by-women-and-boomers?q=book+reading

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