8 Countries that Produce the Most Books in the World

UK publishers released more than 20 new titles every hour over the course of 2014, meaning that the country published more books per inhabitant than anywhere else in the world. According to a new report from the International Publishers Association (IPA), UK publishers released 184,000 new and revised titles in 2013. This equates to 2,875 titles per million inhabitants, and places the UK an astonishing 1,000-plus titles ahead of second-placed Taiwan and Slovenia (1,831). Australia is considerably lower, at 1,176, while the US published just 959 titles per million inhabitants. Insidermonkey experts made a list of the countries that produce the most books in the world.

The data was compiled from a mix of figures provided by national publishers’ associations, national libraries and national ISBN agencies, and excludes self-published titles, said the IPA. The organization considered 40 countries for its report – those for which it could obtain “a reasonably reliable value for either the total book market or for publishers’ net revenues”. The UK figure is drawn from sales monitor Nielsen Book, which recorded the total number of new and revised titles published in the UK as about 184,000 in 2013, of which 60,000 were digital. You also should not miss our other article on the seven easiest Dickens novels to read first!

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