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Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
The print publishing industry is showing signs of recovering from the worst of the economic downturn even as the surge in popularity of ebooks raises questions about the future of printed materials. From a high of 190,502 titles in 2007, overall American book title output fell to 178,841 in 2009 but climbed back to 186,344 in 2010; preliminary figures for 2011 showed a decline but are likely to be revised upward as late-arriving materials are added to the database (publishers were still submitting late 2011 titles in early 2012). The number of titles published dropped by 5.5% in 2008 and 0.66% in 2009. It then rose by 4.2% in 2010 only to fall again by 4.95% in the preliminary figures for 2011. In this article, the authors outline the book title output and average prices from 2008 to 2011. The output is presented according to its format and category.