A staggering 764,448 titles were produced in 2009 by self-publishers and micro-niche publishers…
Taken together, total book [traditional and non-traditional] output rose 87% last year, to over 1 million books.
Other major categories where output rose included children's, up 6%, to 32,348, biography, up 8% to 12,313, and religion, up 6% to 19,310.
… the largest producer of nontraditional books last year was BiblioBazaar which produced 272,930 titles, followed by Books LLC and Kessinger Publishing LLC which produced 224,460 and 190,175 titles, respectively.You might also be interested in learning that “traditional” books slipped. While the non-traditional titles increased to 764,448, “traditional” titles slipped from 289,729 in 2008 to 288,355 in 2009.
I, for one, don’t take this to mean that traditional books will fade out of existence. We’re in a flux period here where new eReaders are popping up and people are racing to try new things. Ebooks will continue to increase in sales, but I don’t see print books disappearing, at least not in my lifetime. And who knows what new ways the future will bring to read and experience books!