German Book Title Production Drops 7% in 2010

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary

New releases in Germany in 2010 were once again heavily weighted toward fiction titles, which accounted for an overall share of 70% of new titles published (up from 66% in 2009). However, overall title production was down 7% compared to 2009 and 9% compared to the long-term average.

According to buchreport, a total of 5431 new titles were released in Germany last year and the reduction in new titles is primarily attributable to fewer paperback releases. New non-fiction titles decreased by 12% with the number of new novels dropping by 3.4%. More or less all of the larger German publishers played a role in this decrease.

Fiction titles held even more sway over the paperback market, accounting for 80% of sales in 2010.

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Siobhan O'Leary

Siobhan O’Leary is a literary agent, translator and writer based in Berlin. She previously worked in the Foreign Rights department of the Crown Publishing Group (Random House) and at the publishing consulting firm Market Partners International.