Statistics posted by Betsy on the blueboards…sparking a lively discussion! Yay!
“A recent survey showed that more than eighty percent of Americans (82%) want to write a book. This extraordinary statistic is somewhat puzzling considering that the National Endowment for the Arts estimates that only fifty-seven percent of Americans have read even 1 book in the last twelve months!
“For the estimated 2 million manuscripts currently completed, there are only 64,000 publishers of record, and only a fraction of those are actively seeking new manuscripts.
- “Big publishers accept about one manuscript in two thousand, for publication. In the U.S.A.”
- 1/3 of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives.
- 42 percent of college graduates never read another book after college.
- 80 percent of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year.
- 70 percent of U.S. adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.
- 57 percent of new books are not read to completion.
- 70 percent of books published do not earn back their advance.
- 70 percent of the books published do not make a profit.
(Source: Jerold Jenkins, www.JenkinsGroupInc.com)
- 53 percent read fiction, 43 percent read nonfiction. The favorite fiction category is mystery and suspence, at 19 percent.
- 55 percent of fiction is bought by women, 45 percent by men.
(Source: Publishers Weekly)
- About 120,000 books are published each year in the U.S.
- A successful fiction book sells 5,000 copies.
- A successful nonfiction book sells 7,500 copies.
(Source: Authors Guild, www.authorsguild.org)
- On average, a bookstore browser spends 8 seconds looking at a book’s front cover and 15 seconds looking at the back cover.
(Source: Para Publishing, www.parapub.com)
- Each day in the U.S., people spend 4 hours watching TV, 3 hours listening to the radio and 14 minutes reading magazines.
So, what about you? Writing? Reading? Both? Neither? Watching TV? Sleeping?
Me…probably write for an hour, if I’m allowed. Read a book for about an hour, magazines half that. Watch TV…a couple of hours for sure, but that includes bleary-eyed, coffee-drinking, couch-sitting, early morning viewing of Arthur or Blue’s Clues.
Makes you think, though.