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per year

Books published per country per year

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) monitors both the number and type of books published per country per year as an important index of standard of living and education, and of a country's self-awareness.

Highlights

  • The UK is cited as leading the world with per-capita new titles per year.
  • Britain overtook the U.S. in 2006 for the second time in 20 years; the last time was 2001.
  • New titles in the UK increased by 28 per cent in 2005-6, whereas output in the U.S. dropped 18 per cent.

List of countries

In descending order of number of new titles per year, as of the latest year available:

  1. United Kingdom (2005) 206,000
  2. United States (2005) 172,000
  3. China (1994) 100,951
  4. Germany (1996) 71,515
  5. Japan (1996) 56,221
  6. Spain (1996) 46,330
  7. Russian Federation (1996) 36,237
  8. Italy (1996) 35,236
  9. France (1996) 34,766
  10. Netherlands (1993) 34,067
  11. Brazil (1994) 21,574
  12. Canada (1996) 19,900
  13. Switzerland (1996) 15,371
  14. Poland (1996) 14,104
  15. Belgium (1991) 13,913
  16. Sweden (1996) 13,496
  17. Finland (1996) 13,104
  18. India (1996) 11,903
  19. Australia (1994) 10,835
  20. Argentina (1996) 9,850
  21. Austria (1996) 8,056
  22. Israel (2006) 6,866
  23. Greece (2002) 6,826
  24. Turkey (1996) 6,546
  25. Ukraine (1995) 6,225
  26. South Africa (1995) 5,418
  27. Venezuela (1996) 3,468
  28. Afghanistan (1990) 2,795
  29. Chile (1995) 2,469
  30. Egypt (1995) 2,215
  31. Latvia (1996) 1,965
  32. Iceland (2006) 1,419
  33. Morocco (1996) 918
  34. Tunisia (1996) 720
  35. Algeria (1996) 670
  36. Syria (1992) 598
  37. Jordan (1996) 511
  38. Malta (1995) 404
  39. Fiji (1994) 401
  40. Albania (1991) 381
  41. Kenya (1994) 300
  42. United Arab Emirates (1993) 293
  43. Ethiopia (1991) 240
  44. Zimbabwe (1992) 232
  45. Vatican City (1996) 228
  46. Qatar (1996) 209
  47. Kuwait (1992) 196
  48. Tanzania (1990) 172
  49. Botswana (1991) 158
  50. Paraguay (1993) 152
  51. Tajikistan (1996) 132
  52. Papua New Guinea (1991) 122
  53. Madagascar (1996) 119
  54. Malawi (1996) 117
  55. Palestinian territories (1996) 114
  56. Namibia (1990) 106
  57. Eritrea (1993) 106
  58. Laos (1995) 88
  59. Benin (1994) 84
  60. Mauritius (1996) 80
  61. Réunion (1992) 69
  62. Democratic Republic of Congo (1992) 64
  63. Andorra (1994) 57
  64. Suriname (1996) 47
  65. Brunei Darussalam (1992) 45
  66. Guyana (1996) 42
  67. Monaco (1990) 41
  68. Bahrain (1996) 40
  69. Ghana (1992) 28
  70. Libya (1994) 26
  71. Angola (1990) 22
  72. Mali (1995) 14
  73. Burkina Faso (1996) 12
  74. Ecuador (1995) 12
  75. Oman (1996) 7
  76. Niger (1991) 5

Notes

References

  • Goldfarb, Jeff. "Bookish Britain overtakes America as top publisher", Reuters Entertainment, May 10, 2006, retrieved May 11, 2006.
  • "Understanding Israel's Book Market", Haaretz, December 23, 2005.
  • UNESCO. "Europe", Book production: number of titles by UDC classes, UNESCO Institute of Statistics, retrieved May 11, 2006
  • UNESCO "America", Book production: number of titles by UDC classes, UNESCO Institute of Statistics, retrieved May 11, 2006
  • UNESCO "Asia", Book production: number of titles by UDC classes, UNESCO Institute of Statistics, retrieved May 11, 2006
  • UNESCO "Africa", Book production: number of titles by UDC classes, UNESCO Institute of Statistics, retrieved May 11, 2006
  • UNESCO "Oceania", Book production: number of titles by UDC classes, UNESCO Institute of Statistics, retrieved May 11, 2006
  • Wresch, William. Have and Have-Nots in the Information Age. Rutgers University Press, 1996. ISBN 0813523702
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