Books published per country per year

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This page lists the number of book titles published per country per year from various sources. According to UNESCO, this is an important index of standard of living, education, and of a country's self-awareness.[1] No standardised way to track the number of books published exists which can make it difficult to compare countries or track the industry as a whole.[2] One method is to track how many International Standard Book Numbers (ISBNs) are registered by each country.[2]

List of countries[edit]

In descending order of number of new titles per year, as of the latest year available, sometimes "new titles and editions"

Rank Country Year Titles Notes References
1  United States 2013 275,232 New titles and re-editions [3]
2  China 2013 208,418 New titles and re-editions [3]
3  United Kingdom 2018 188,000 [4]
4  Japan 2017 139,078 New titles and re-editions [5]
5  Indonesia 2020 135,081 [6]
6  Russia 2019 115,171 [7]
7  France 2018 106,799 [4]
8  Iran 2018 102,691 New and revised [8]
9  India 2013 90,000 total: revised editions not included; 26% in Hindi, 24% in English, and the rest in other Indian languages [9][10]
10  Spain 2017 89,962 New titles and re-editions (ediciones y reimpresiones) [11]
11  Germany 2018 79,916 [4]
12  Turkey 2019 75,667 New titles and re-editions ("Derlenen Kitap Sayısı") [12]
13  South Korea 2018 63,476 New [13]
14  Italy 2013 61,966 New [14]
15  Brazil 2018 46,829 [4]
16  Australia 2014 28,234 [15]
17  Taiwan 2010 28,084 43,258 total [16]
18  Argentina 2014 28,010 New [17]
19  Vietnam 2009 24,589 [18]
20  Ukraine 2019 24,416 [19]
20  Poland 2015 21,130 34,920 total [20]
21  Czech Republic 2019 17,330 [21]
22  Colombia 2017 17,066 18,508 total [22]
23  Netherlands 2014 16,502 Only physical Dutch new titles [23]
24  Malaysia 2015 15,354 Declined since 2013 at 19,987 [24]
25  Romania 2008 14,984 [25]
26  Canada 2018 14,625 [26]
27  Hong Kong 2005 14,603 [27]
28  Belgium 1991 13,913 [28]
29  Finland 2018 9,368 [4]
30  Thailand 2018 6,750 Only trade sector data; educational sector data not available [4]
31  Belarus 2020 8,205 [29]
32  Denmark 2020 13,096 [30]
33   Switzerland 2001 12,156 [31]
34  Singapore 2007 12,000+ [32]
35  Egypt 2019 23,000 [33]
36  Serbia 2019 11,897 [34]
37  Hungary 2012 11,645 [35]
38  Norway 2015 10,204 [36]
39  Bulgaria 2017 10,068 [37]
40  Slovakia 2006 9,400 [38]
41  Israel 2013 8,411 [39]
42  Sweden 2021 8,118 30,857 total [40]
43  Austria 1996 8,056 [28]
44  Portugal 1996 7,868 [28]
45  Mexico 2012 7,521 23,948 total [41]
46  Greece 2002 6,826 [42]
47  Chile 2012 5,641 6,045 total [43]
48  South Africa 1995 5,418 [44]
49  Sri Lanka 1996 4,115 [45]
50  Peru 2006 4,101 [46]
51  Algeria 2008 3,955 [47]
52  Estonia 2017 3,916 [48]
53  Saudi Arabia 2014 2,387 [49]
54  Pakistan 2012 3,811 Total; 2,943 in Urdu and 868 in English [50]
55  Lebanon 2005 3,686 [51]
56  Morocco 2018/2019 3677 [52]
57  Myanmar 1993 3,660 [45]
58  New Zealand 2003 3,600 [53]
59  Ecuador 2010 2,854 4,164 total [54]
60  Afghanistan 1990 2,795 [45]
61  Venezuela 2018 2,275 [4]
62  Luxembourg 2001 2,000 [31]
63  Lithuania 2018 3,075 [4]
63  Latvia 2018 2,910 [4]
64  Philippines 1996 1,507 [45]
65  Cuba 2018 992 [4]
66  Iceland 2019 1,767 [55]
67  Costa Rica 2018 2,158 [4]
68  Nigeria 1991 1,314 [44]
69  Kazakhstan 1996 1,226 [45]
70  Syria 2004 1,138 [56]
71  Uzbekistan 1996 1,003 [45]
72  Eritrea 2015 970 [44]
73  Cyprus 1996 930 [45]
74  Tunisia 1996 720 [44]
75  Dominican Republic 2018 1,866 [4]
76  Uruguay 2018 3,231 [4]
77  Bolivia 2018 1,578 [4]
78  Georgia 1996 581 [45]
79  Azerbaijan 1996 542 [45]
80  Jordan 1996 511 [45]
81  Panama 2018 940 [4]
82  Turkmenistan 1994 450 [45]
83  Guatemala 2018 1,042 [4]
84  Kyrgyzstan 2018 1,455 [4]
85  Malta 1995 404 [28]
86  Fiji 1994 401 [57]
87  Armenia 1996 396 [45]
88  Paraguay 2018 1,007 [4]
89  Albania 1991 390 [28]
90  Nicaragua 2018 27 [4]
91  Kenya 1994 300 [44]
92  United Arab Emirates 1993 293 [45]
93  Honduras 2018 102 [4]
94  Uganda 1996 288 [44]
95  Mongolia 1992 285 [45]
96  El Salvador 2018 661 [4]
97  Ethiopia 1991 240 [44]
98  Zimbabwe 1992 232 [44]
99   Vatican City 1996 228 [28]
100  Qatar 1996 209 [45]
101  Kuwait 1992 196 [45]
102  Tanzania 1990 172 [44]
103  Botswana 1991 158 [44]
104  Tajikistan 1996 132 [45]
105  Papua New Guinea 1991 122 [57]
106  Madagascar 1996 119 [44]
107  Malawi 1996 117 [44]
108  Palestine 1996 114 [45]
109  Namibia 1990 106 [44]
110  Brunei 2009 91 [18]
111  Laos 1995 88 [45]
112  Benin 1994 84 [44]
113  Mauritius 1996 80 [44]
114  Réunion 1992 69 [44]
115  Democratic Republic of the Congo 1992 64 [44]
116  Andorra 1994 57 [28]
117  Suriname 1996 47 [58]
117  American Samoa 1980 46 [59]
118  Guyana 1996 42 [58]
119  Monaco 1990 41 [28]
120  Bahrain 1996 40 [45]
121  Ghana 1992 28 [44]
122  Libya 1994 26 [44]
123  Angola 1995 22 [44]
124  Mali 1995 14 [44]
125  Gambia 1996 14 [44]
126  Burkina Faso 1996 12 [44]
127  Oman 1996 7 [45]

TOTAL: approximately 2,210,000

Countries by ISBN[edit]

Many published books have an ISBN and it is a useful measure for how productive a country's publishing industry is.[2] However, this data is not collected for all countries. It may not represent the total number of books a country has published, as not every registered ISBN is then used and as books may have multiple ISBNs.[2]

Number of ISBNs registered per country[2]
Rank Country 2018
1  United States 3,485,322
2  United Kingdom 185,721
3  Germany 139,940
4  Italy 137,397
5  India 129,326
6  Russia 103,826
7  Brazil 95,336
8  Japan 95,129
9  Indonesia 89,056
10  Spain 86,872
11  Turkey 67,135
12  Canada 61,000
13  Mexico 27,635
14  Argentina 27,428
15  Colombia 20,867
16  Thailand 20,484
17  Norway 9,209
18  Netherlands 6,143
19  Ecuador 4,744
20  Nigeria 2,465
21  Guatemala 1,137
22  Honduras 388

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