Number of Young Adult Books Published

Q. There's been a discussion online about how many YA (young adult) books were published in the last few years.

A. As this blog explained in the December 8, 2010 entry, Number of Children's Books Published, we use the numbers provided in the annual publication, the Library and Book Trade Almanac  (formerly known as The Bowker Annual Library and Book Trade Almanac) put out by Information Today, Inc., which includes a report on book title production. The 2011 (56th) edition was received here at the ALA Library just over a month ago.  Once again, Contributing Editor Catherine Barr and Constance Harbison of book wholesaler Baker & Taylor compiled the report,  titled, "Book Title Output and Average Prices:  2007-2010,” which appears on pages 491-504.

According to “Table 1 /American Book Production, 2006-2010,” on pages 492-493, the 2010 number of young adult titles published is 4,939 (and the 2010 number of children's titles published is 20,100).

The (final) 2009 number of young adult titles published is 5,028 (and the final 2009 number of children's titles published is 22,395).

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Comments

That number still seems high! Does it include all books in print, not just titles that were first published in the year? I also wonder if it counts each manifestation of a work (ie. counting the paperback, hardcover, audio, ebook, etc.) separately?

Barr and Harbison note in their article's introduction:

The figures for this edition of the Library and Book Trade Almanac were provided by book wholesaler Baker & Taylor and are based on the Book Industry Study Group's BISAC categories. The BISAC juvenile category (fiction and nonfiction) has been divided into children's and young adult. Figures for 2009 have been restated, reflecting late updates to the Baker & Taylor database.

For further details as to methodology, you can contact Catherine Barr via Bogart & Barr. Connie Harbison can be contacted via the Book Industry Study Group.