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The number of new books published in the UK in 2009 was 133,224, an increase of 3.2% over the previous year’s total of 129,057..the number of English-language titles recorded by Nielsen Book as having been published somewhere in the world (excluding UK and Ireland) rose to 604,768 in 2009.
The increases can be accounted for in part by growth in print-on-demand (POD) and digital product, which we expect to continue to increase in the future.

The characters who are going to an early grave | Sam Jordison | Books | guardian.co.uk
The squeeze on mid-list authors has been a big story in publishing for years now. It's impossible even to keep track of which authors have dropped off the radar. Publishers don't announce it, and the last thing most writers want to do is broadcast the fact they can no longer get published. Yet, it seems reasonable to estimate that dozens (maybe hundreds) are disappearing every year

So "mid-list" writers can't get paid to write books that don't sell very well but get "favourable reviews". Is it a conspiracy against them and culture or is the world trying to tell them something?


And who writes the "favourable reviews"? Oh that would be other authors, journos, professional reviewers (what?), publishers etc. In other words people who have a vested interest in keeping the mid-list authors alive. Unfortunately no-one told the book-buying public what their role in this was supposed to be - i.e. shut up and buy what we tell you.

With easy access to the whole publishing world via sites like Amazon that contain actual readers reviews of books, plus the ability to print-on-demand, plus the ability o find old books, the public have disintermediated the whole review process. The internet has, as in some many other areas, changed the ground rules.

Get over it.

As an author who has only published one book, with the help of an Internet Publisher named YouWriteOn.com, I could not agree more.

I sent copies to two local newspapers as well as one National Sunday newspaper, with the total result of zero reviews.

My book, which is about British Right-wing Politics, is in the words of friends who have read same, 'Yep, good read, good story, you (I that is ) should have edited it a bit more carefully, but it was a good story'

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