Troy Posted January 5 Report Share Posted January 5 The total number of books on AALBC published in 2022 was the lowest it has been since 2005! The difference is not a few book books but hundreds of books! Now I don't have every Black book published on AALBC -- but my information is certainly indicative of the books published by the major publishers and the larger independents. I also capture more Black indie books than any other independent online store. This data tells me substantially fewer Black books were published in 2022 than in the past two decades! There were 35% fewer books published in 2022 than in 2021 and almost 50% fewer than the peak published in 2015, as reflected on the AALBC website. We don't have news sources to notice, care about, or report on the number of books written by Black writers declining so drastically. I think it is newsworthy to understand why this is happening Another book professional told me this is a direct result of the supply chain issues caused by the pandemic. That may be true, but I would have thought that might cause more books to be published in 2022 as a result of books being delayed from 2020 and 2021. I would have also expected a substantive decrease in 2021, which I did not observe. Also, I see no indication that the number of books printed overall has declined, the supply chain explanation does not wash with me. One thing I have noticed is that many Black indie authors publish exclusively with Amazon and while I can capture these books on AALBC, it is much more unlikely that I will add them to my store, as I can not sell them directly,* because they are not in normal distribution channels. While this may impact the number of books in the AALBC store, the impact would not be significant as the vast majority of books in the AALBC store are not Amazon-exclusive. There has also been an increased trend toward eBook-only books. I've seen this in the urban fiction genre in particular, but this is not a new trend and does not explain the significant drop in 2022 books. It is possible that I'm completely wrong, and there has not been a significant drop in the number of Black books published in 2022. If this is the case, I can say with 100% certainty that there has been an alarming drop in the amount and promotion and marketing behind Black books because I'm not seeing them. Maybe is it because I'm not on TicTok What do you think? Do you have evidence to support or refute a substantial decrease in the number of Black books. * Because so many authors publish exclusively with Amazon I have recently started sending readers to Amazon's site for books that are only available to Amazon because promoting the writer is more important than their narrow-minded decision to publish with Amazon exclusively. This also allows me to sell books that are out of print. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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