Saturday, July 08, 2006

Book larnin'

One-third of the books sold worldwide are sold in the US.
A successful fiction book sells 5,000 copies.
Only 100 stores joined the ABA (American Booksellers Assoc.) in 2001 while 250-300 stores closed. Membership is now less than 2,200.
California has 6X the number of small publishers than any other state.
Libraries lose 20% of their books each year. Some books get past the security devices and others are just not returned.
81% of the population feels they have a book inside them.
Out of every 10,000 children's books, 3 get published.
58% of the US adult population never reads another book after high school.
42% of college graduates never read another book.
80% of US families did not buy or read a book last year.
70% of US adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.
Most readers do not get past page 18 in a book they have purchased.
Only 32% of the U.S. population has ever been in a bookstore.
"Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half have never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half." --Gore Vidal


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