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Old Stats On Book World Shed Light On New trends


The Top Twenty Authors in the World 1974
(Based on those most frequently translated and showing the author, home country and number of translations).

1.       V.I. Lenin                                            
U.S.S.R.                                  
401

2.       Karl Marx                                            
Germany                                  
196

3.       Jules Verne                                          
France                                     
164

4.       E. Blyton                                 
U.K.
149

5.       L.I. Brezhnev                                       
U.S.S.R.
149

6.       A. Christie                                           
U.K.                                        
136

7.       J. London         
U.S.A.             
130

8.       W. Disney                                           
U.S.A.                                     
110 

9.       W. Shakespeare                                               
U.K.                                          
97

10.   M. Gorky                                             
U.S.S.R.                                  
92

11.   P.S. Buck
U.S.A. 
90

12.   G. Simenon
Belgium           
88

13.   A. Solzhenitsyn
U.S.S.R.                      
88

14.   F.M. Dostoevsky          
U.S.S.R.                                    
86

15.   J.W. Grimm     
Germany                      
85

16.   A. Maclean                                          
U.K.                
85

17.   F.W. Dixon
U.S.A.                                       
83

18.   L.N. Tolstoy
U.S.S.R.
74

19.   E. Hemingway                                     
U.S.A.                                       
73

20.   M. Twain         
U.S.A.             
69

(There were 286 translations of the Bible in 1974.)

--UNESCO Statistical Yearbook (1978-9) 

The First Four Centuries of Book Production
In 1822, a statistician calculated that during the four centuries since the invention of printing in 1456, the number of works printed were distrusted as follows:

First century                                          42,000
Second century                                    575,000
Third century                                    1,225,000
Fourth century                                   1,839,960
Total                                                 3,681,960

Assuming that each edition averaged 300 copies, and each three volumes, it gives a grand total of 3,313,764,000 books.

The Top Ten Book Producing Countries 1979
Number of titles published by country

1.       U.S.A.                          84,542              
2.       U.S.S.R.                       84,304
3.       West Germany             44,477
4.       Japan                            36,066
5.       United Kingdom          34,340  
6.       France                          29,371
7.       Spain                            24,584
8.       India                             15,802
9.       Netherlands                  12,557
10.   Poland                          11,418

--UNESCO Statistical Yearbook (1978-79)

Number of titles published by year

1955                
269,000            

1960
332,000

1965
426,000

1970
521,000

1975
568,000

1977
608,000


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Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog 2017©. Born and raised in Brooklyn, now resides in Westchester. Named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs 

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