No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money
EVEN MORE BOOKS PUBLISHED IN 2009:
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?