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BookStats 2013, the US Publishing Industry's Definitive Annual Survey, to Offer Analysis by Outsell

Bowker renewed for statistical results

New York, NY; February 21, 2013 — Production is now underway on the 2013 edition of BookStats, recognized as the most comprehensive survey of the size and scope of the US publishing industry, it was announced by the Association of American Publishers and the Book Industry Study Group. BISG and AAP, the survey’s co-producers, also announced that Outsell, the leading research and advisory firm for the information and publishing industries, has joined the project to provide editorial analysis and Bowker, a premier source of market research on publishing and books in all formats, will again produce the extrapolated results.

The first BookStats deadline — the due date for publisher submissions — is February 28.

Outsell will analyze the overall figures and write the extensive editorial text accompanying the aggregated data results. “We’re delighted to have Outsell join the BookStats team,” said Len Vlahos, Executive Director, BISG. “BookStats’ analytical component is very important to our subscribers, particularly those who use it in setting business strategies. A goal we set for the coming third edition is to enrich that content and Outsell’s breadth of industry knowledge and perspective will contribute that.”

Bowker, which has produced the report’s extrapolated results based on submitted data since BookStats’ inception, will provide that expertise again. “Our colleagues at Bowker have played a key role in the birth and evolution of BookStats, contributing to its success,” said Tina Jordan, Vice President, AAP. “We are glad to have their insight and skill continuing with us.”

The deadline for submission of publisher data is Thursday, February 28. More information and forms are available here. This year’s BookStats is due to be released in second quarter of 2013.

Since its debut in 2011 (which tracked 2008-2010), BookStats has established itself as the premier annual survey of the US publishing industry, uniquely capturing data from nearly 2000 publishers of all sizes, types and geographies. The report’s cube structure examines publishers’ net revenue and units by both book category and format; upon its release, it was the first major study of the digital transformation in US book publishing. An added bonus to this year’s edition will be tracking of all five years it has covered.

Outsell, Inc. is the world’s only research and advisory firm focused solely on media, information, and technology. We use a time-tested, quality-proven, top-secret blend of data, brains, community and pizzazz to produce extraordinary value for our clients. Elite information industry executives from all over the world look to Outsell for trusted advice, bold insights and confidential access to exclusive intelligence and decision support. Outsell has your back. You’ll stay more focused, save time and grow revenue in a fast-changing, global, digital environment, and sleep better at night. Guaranteed.

Bowker is the world's leading provider of bibliographic information and management solutions designed to help publishers, booksellers and libraries better serve their customers. Creators of products and services that make books easier for people to discover, evaluate, order and experience, the company also generates research and resources for publishers, helping them understand and meet the interests of readers worldwide. Bowker, a ProQuest affiliate, is the official ISBN Agency for the United States and its territories. The company is headquartered in New Providence, New Jersey, with additional operations in England and Australia.

The 300 members of the Association of American Publishers are building the future of publishing. AAP is the leading national trade association representing America’s premier creators of high-quality entertainment, education, scientific, scholarly and professional published content. We dedicate the creative, intellectual, financial and technological investments to bring great ideas to life and deliver content to the world’s audiences in all the ways they seek it.

The Book Industry Study Group, Inc. (BISG) is the book industry’s leading trade association for policy, standards and research. The mission of BISG is to create a more informed, empowered and efficient book industry. Membership consists of publishers, manufacturers, suppliers, wholesalers, retailers, librarians and others engaged in the business of print and electronic media. For over 35 years, BISG has provided a forum for all industry professionals to come together and efficiently address issues and concerns to advance the book community.


The Association of American Publishers (AAP) represents about four hundred member organizations including major commercial, digital learning and education and professional publishers alongside independents, non-profits, university presses and scholarly societies. We represent the industry’s priorities on policy, legislative and regulatory issues regionally, nationally and worldwide. These include the protection of intellectual property rights and worldwide copyright enforcement, digital and new technology issues, funding for education and libraries, tax and trade, censorship and literacy. Find us online at www.publishers.org or on twitter at @AmericanPublish.