A Breadcrumb Trail of Recent US Writing and Publishing Stats:
- 2012 fiction books published with an ISBN: adult fiction 67,254; YA and juvenile fiction 20,339
- 2012 Net book sales: $27.1 billion
- 2011 books published: traditionally published 347,178; self-published 235,000
- 76 percent of all books released in 2008 were self-published
- Roughly 50 percent of all fiction published (traditional or self-published) is a romance, mystery, sci-fi, or fantasy story
- 1900 independent bookstore locations in 2012
- 1 percent chance across all genres of a published book being stocked in a brick-and-mortar store20 percent of all books sold in 2012 were e-books..