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Books Published per Year by Country 2024

The global book publishing industry is a dynamic and diverse sector, releasing over 4 million titles each year. However, only between 500,000 to 1 million of these are published through traditional publishers.

Leading the pack, China publishes more books than any other country, with over 444,000 titles annually. Major publishers in China include the China Publishing Group, People's Education Press, and Media Network Group. Following closely, the United States book industry generates nearly $30 billion a year with its new titles and reeditions. The major players in the U.S. are Penguin/Random House, Hachette Book Group, Harper Collins, Simon and Schuster, and Macmillan, which alone accounts for 64% of all titles published in the country.

The United Kingdom ranks third in book publishing, with approximately 186,000 new titles each year. Notably, it leads in book sales, with nearly 7 million physical books sold. Japan, producing 139,078 titles annually, including new titles and reeditions, has Kodansha as its largest publisher.

In Indonesia, the book publishing industry is valued at $1.5 billion, with over 135,081 new titles published each year, typically with print runs of 4,000 to 5,000 copies. Italy, publishing around 125,948 titles annually, considers book publishing its leading cultural industry.

Russia's publishing industry, worth between 2 and 3 billion US dollars, produces 115,171 new titles every year, making it a top cultural industry in the country. French publishers, releasing 106,799 new titles annually, see high readership, with 9 out of 10 people in Italy reading at least one book a year.

Iran's publishing industry, the largest cultural industry in the country, produces 102,691 titles each year, including 80,000 first editions. Germany, rounding out the top ten, publishes 93,600 new titles and reeditions yearly, with 8,703 of those being non-German language books. This global overview highlights the vibrant and expansive nature of the book publishing industry across different countries.

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Country
Books Published
Data Year
Additional Notes
United States275,2322013
New titles and re-editions
China208,4182013
New titles and re-editions
United Kingdom186,0002020
Japan139,0782017
New titles and re-editions
Indonesia135,0812020
Italy125,9482020
Russia115,1712019
France106,7992018
Iran102,6912018
New and revised
India90,0002013
26% in Hindi, 24% in English, and the rest in other Indian languages. Revised editions not included.
Turkey88,9752020
Spain83,6222020
Germany79,9162018
South Korea63,4762018
New
Brazil46,8292018
Taiwan28,0842010
43,258 total
Vietnam24,5892009
Ukraine24,4162019
Egypt23,0002019
Poland21,1302015
34,920 total
Australia19,2412020
Portugal18,9252020
Mexico18,7132020
Colombia17,0662017
18,508 total
Netherlands16,5022014
Only new physical titles
Czech Republic16,4742020
Malaysia15,3542015
Declined since 2013 at 19,987
Romania14,9842008
Serbia14,9012020
Hong Kong14,6032005
Norway14,1142020
Belgium13,9131991
Bulgaria12,1942019
Switzerland12,1562001
Singapore12,0002007
Argentina11,5142019
Denmark10,7152020
Canada10,4332020
Finland10,2082020
Hungary9,5892019
Greece9,5832020
Slovakia9,4002006
Austria8,7112020
Israel8,4112013
Belarus8,2052020
Sweden8,1182021
30,857 total
Chile7,0582020
Peru6,8852020
Thailand6,7502018
Only trade sector data; educational sector data not available
Estonia5,8092020
South Africa5,4181995
Slovenia5,0762020
Moldova4,5592020
Ecuador4,1532020
Sri Lanka4,1151996
Algeria3,9552008
Pakistan3,8112012
Total; 2,943 in Urdu and 868 in English
Morocco3,6772018/2019
Myanmar3,6601993
Lithuania3,4792019
Uruguay3,2312018
Afghanistan2,7951990
New Zealand2,5262020
Saudi Arabia2,3872014
Latvia2,3752020
Venezuela2,2752018
Costa Rica2,1582018
Lebanon2,0002020
Luxembourg2,0002001
Dominican Republic1,8662018
Ireland1,7732020
Iceland1,7672019
Bolivia1,5782018
Philippines1,5071996
Kyrgyzstan1,4552018
Nigeria1,3141991
Kazakhstan1,2261996
Syria1,1382004
Guatemala1,0422018
Paraguay1,0072018
Uzbekistan1,0031996
Eritrea9702015
Panama9402018
Cyprus9301996
Cuba7282020
Tunisia7201996
El Salvador6612018
Georgia5811996
Azerbaijan5421996
Jordan5111996
Malta5112020
Turkmenistan4501994
Fiji4011994
Armenia3961996
Albania3901991
Kenya3001994
United Arab Emirates2931993
Uganda2881996
Mongolia2851992
Ethiopia2401991
Zimbabwe2321992
Vatican City2281996
Qatar2091996
Kuwait1961992
Tanzania1721990
Botswana1581991
Tajikistan1321996
Papua New Guinea1221991
Madagascar1191996
Malawi1171996
Palestine1141996
Namibia1061990
Honduras1022018
Brunei912009
Laos881995
Benin841994
Mauritius801996
Reunion691992
DR Congo641992
Andorra571994
Suriname471996
American Samoa461980
Guyana421996
Monaco411990
Bahrain401996
Ghana281992
Nicaragua272018
Libya261994
Angola221995
Mali141995
Gambia141996
Burkina Faso121996
Oman71996
World2,424,353
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Which countries publish the most books per year?

China publishes the most books per year at around 440,000.

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