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.