Bowker’s, “the world’s leading provider of bibliographic information management solutions”, puts out a bunch of press releases with super interesting factoids. For instance,
- it publicized the 2010-11 U.S. Book Consumer Demographics and Buying Behaviors Annual Review‘s finding that 2010 is the first year in which “online retailers accounted for more units purchased and spending on books than the national bookstore chains, making e-commerce the single largest book-buying channel“. I’m actually a bit surprised that book sales at e-retailers like Amazon only overtook brick-and-mortar stores like Barnes and Noble in 2010. From all the gloom and doom chatter about the physical bookstores, I would’ve expected the picture to have tipped in the favor of Amazon much earlier.
- the Bowker’s latest annual book production report shows that “non-traditional print-on-demand books . . . [is] almost 8 times the output of traditional titles”. The number of print-on-demand books first surpassed conventionally produced books in 2008 and has experienced tremendous growth since.
In other non-Bowker’s news, the Association of Research Libraries publishes a list of “minimum starting salary guidelines recommended by library associations for professional library posts”, broken down by states. Here are the numbers from the latest ARL News issue