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Industry Spotlight: - Publishing

The publishing industry makes sales every year in the billions of dollars.

There are books, magazines, newsletters, CDs, and videos. With new publishing paradigms like print-on-demand and e-books, the industry is expanding rapidly.

Book publishers sold $358.3 million worth of books in February of 2006. That’s right, in a single month. That’s up 12.3% from the previous year.

Up to 11,000 new publishers open their doors every year. The sales of wholesale e-books grew from under $2 million to over $8 million in the last five years.

Amazon has over 90,000 different magazines available.

Sales in the self-help publishing market grew 7.9% last year. The Who’s Mailing What! Archive has tracked 16,802 mailings related to the publishing industry.

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