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2004 Library & Information Statistics Tables

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PUBLISHING AND BOOK TRADE STATISTICS

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Book Prices - 2000-2003

Consumer book sales

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Average price paid ()

Change over previous year

Sales volume (m)

Change over previous year

2000

7.43

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126.3

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2001

7.48

0.70%

126.7

0.40%

2002

7.30

-2.40%

129.1

1.90%

2003

7.40

1.40%

131.2

1.70%

Source: The Bookseller

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UK Publishing of Books 2003

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Value (m)

Volume (m)

Reference

501

91.6

General non-fiction

678

169.1

Social Science and Humanities

156

19.3

Science, Medicine & Technology

185

17.7

School & Academic

349

109.4

Maps & Atlases

23

7.5

Fiction

468

143.9

Children's books

237

132.7

Single sheets

195

253.7

Total printed sales

3,054

944.9

of which, exports

43%

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Source: Office for National Statistics, Product Sales & Trade, PRA 22110: Publishing of books

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Periodical prices

Average prices

2003

2002

2001

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Price £

% increase over 2002

Price £

% increase over 2001

Price £

% increase over 2000

Social Sciences

420.84

29.9

324.09

21.4

266.96

9.2

Science

629.98

-2.2

644.45

4.9

614.55

0.3

Medicine

367.49

-2.4

376.59

7.7

349.55

4.5

Technology

442.48

14.8

385.45

8.0

357.03

8.1

Humanities

66.23

-6.5

70.83

9.4

64.74

8.4

Average all subjects (local domestic price only)

Great Britain (£)

397.13

11.3

356.96

10.6

322.74

4.2

USA ($)

665.80

2.1

652.28

2.7

635.09

4.1

Netherlands*

€1,359.79

18.5

€1,147.93

20.3

€954.13

-5.2

Germany*

€657.08

52.9

€429.85

27.8

€336.37

14.1

Switzerland (Francs)

977.37

36.9

714.06

25.6

568.43

1.6

France*

€139.36

-11.9

€158.14

1.7

€155.50

7.8

* 2001 average price calculated at rate of exchange fixed at time of joining the Euro

Source: LA Record/Update and Swets Information Services

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