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Top 10 Total Books Published by SF Imprint in 2005

I’m finally (don’t get me started) getting around to reading the February 2006 “Year in Review” issue of Locus Magazine. The many perspectives of the Recommended Reading sections are fun because they point out all the cool science fiction published last year. It’s nice to see books I’ve read. It’s not so nice to see all the books I want to read but don’t have time for.

The 2005 Books Summary article is, as usual, comprehensive, interesting and full of fun figures, like the Total Books Published by SF Imprint in 2005. (The “by SF Imprint” table is more telling about SF than the “by Publisher” table since it focuses on the SF.) Here are the Top 10 with their respective book count totals.

Top 10 Total Books Published by SF Imprint in 2005

  1. Tor (218)
  2. Science Fiction Book Club (202)
  3. Ace (102)
  4. Del Rey (85)
  5. Black Library US (73)
  6. Baen (72)
  7. Wizards of the Coast (65)
  8. Daw (61)
  9. Eos (55)
  10. Roc (51)

These numbers include both new books and reprints in all formats (hardcover, trade paperback and and mass-market paperback)

To add data to last year’s post which asked if too many books were being published, in 2005 there were 2,516 genre books published. In 2004, there 2550 – that’s the first decline in 4 years.

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4 Comments on Top 10 Total Books Published by SF Imprint in 2005

  1. Geeez…Del Rey doesn’t make the list anymore, I remember when they were the tops. Ditto with Ace. Glad to see that DAW is still doing well!

    Now if were to parse out all the **fantasy**, how would the lists change? Bet “Wizards” would be off the list.

  2. This list reflects SF only – fantasy is already filtered out. The numbers are much larger when you consider fantasy, though if memory serves (the mag isn’t in front of me at the moment), the order is relatively the same. Even that is hard to tell since the table reflecting ALL genre fiction is by publisher (RandomHouse, Penguin Press) which contains multiple imprints.

  3. Hmmmm…then I wonder how it would shake out if you took out the “media related”, e.g, gaming (Wizards and Black Library”, Star Trek and Star Wars, etc.

    Scotty! We need more granularity in the datastream!


  4. Ah-ha! That’s another chart! (See? That’s why Locus Magazine rocks.)

    Although they don’t break it down by publisher, there is a chart for “sub-genre” (my term) types of original books. The chart gives tallies for 1997 – 2005, but for 2005 alone:

    SF Novels*: 258

    Fantasy Novels*: 414

    Horror Novels*: 212

    Anthologies: 89


    Collections: 107

    Media-Related: 198

    Art/Humor/Poetry: 45

    History/Criticism: 50

    Omnibus: 47

    Misc: 5

    * Includes young adult titles

    So, of the ~1465 original books, almost 200 (~13%) were media-related.

    Also note how much fantasy overshadowed SF.

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