Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Traditional Book Output Up 5%; Nontraditional Soars

Despite the belief in many quarters that the growth of e-books will mean the death of the printed book, the number of books produced by traditional publishers rose 5% in 2010, to a projected 316,480, according to preliminary figures released Wednesday morning from R. R. Bowker. That number, however, is dwarfed by the growth in output of nontraditional titles, which jumped 169% to 2,766,260. As Bowker notes, the majority of nontraditional titles consists largely or print-on-demand editions of public domain titles. Self-published titles are also included in the figure. Based on the preliminary figures, the combination of traditional and nontraditional books totaled a projected 3,092,740 in 2010, up 132% from 2010.

Similar to trends in 2009, growth among the traditional categories in 2010 was led by the information segments with title output in the computer segment up 51%, science 37% and technology 35%. Segments more more dependent on disposable income had the largest declines in the year with production down in literature (29%) poetry (15%), history (12%), and biography (12%). Production of fiction titles fell 3%, but at 47,392 it still remained the largest segment.

Nontraditional output was dominated by largely reprint houses of public domain titles. BiblioBazaar produced a staggering 1,461,918 books with ISBN numbers last year, followed by General Books, which did 744,376 books, and Kessinger Publishing with 462,480 books. The self-publisher companies were topped by CreateSpace at 34,243, followed by Lulu at 11,127. Two AuthorSolutions divisions were next—Xlibris at 10,680, and AuthorHouse, which produced 8,502 books.

The juvenile category was the largest segment after fiction and production fell 1%, to 32,638 titles; sociololgy/economics production increased 8%, to 28,991, while the 37% increase in science production put output at 21,414. Religion was in fifth spot with 19,793 titles, a drop of 4%.

Since 2002, the production of traditional books as increased 47%, while nontraditional titles rose 8,460%.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

BOH Book Release Party - May 19

Join Books of Hope for annual Book Release Party!!! On Thursday, May 19TH, Check out the latest books written by youth from Somerville and other cities. Get ready to hear dynamic, intelligent youth Perform Poetry & Read excerpts from their Novels.
Where: Somerville Library
79 Highland Ave.
Time: Doors open at 6:30p.m.
Event starts at 7p.m.
Contact: Soul at
(Food and beverages served)

Books of Hope is a collaborative program of the Mystic Learning Center and Somerville Arts Council. It is supported by generous donations from Amelia Peabody Foundation, Cahn Funds for Social Change, Chahara Foundation, Drueding Foundation, The First Parish in Cambridge, Hunt Alternatives Fund, The Lenny Zakim Fund, Somerville Health Foundation, Somerville Housing Authority, Swanee Hunt Family Foundation, Target Foundation, Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund, and YouthReach, a program of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Call to Artists! RFQ: Bill Russell Legacy Project

CALL TO ARTISTS: Request for Qualifications

Bill Russell Legacy Project

The Bill Russell Legacy Committee, formed at the initiative of Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the Boston Celtics, and friends of Bill Russell, seeks qualifications from artists to create permanent public art in the City of Boston to honor and celebrate the life and myriad contributions of Mr. Russell.

Release: Thursday, May 5, 2011

Deadline: Sunday, May 22, 2011


This public art commission is open to all professional artists, artisans, architects, landscape architects, or a team thereof, in the Greater Boston area (within the Interstate 495 loop).

Project Summary

The Bill Russell Legacy Committee seeks to commemorate Bill Russell’s achievements as the greatest champion in the history of professional sports, a national leader in human rights, and a dedicated and impactful mentor to youth in our community.

Read more here:

Karin Goodfellow

Staff Director

Boston Art Commission

Boston City Hall, room 802

Boston MA, 02201

ph. 617.635.2434

f. 617.635.2397

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