Map of the Publishing World Favors U.S., China, Germany, Japan

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A new report ranking countries by annual publishing market value has the U.S., China, Germany and Japan in the top four spots out of 20 that were tracked.

The report, published by the International Publishers Association and compiled by Rüdiger Wischenbart Content and Consulting, a book publishing industry consulting firm, pegs publishing market value for those 20 countries at an annual total of about €106 billion ($138 billion).

The U.S. is estimated in the report to represent about 30% of that market with the next highest country, China, representing about 10%.(Chart below.)

If the world map was based on the sizes of publishing markets (and not geography), it would look a little something like this:

Here is the chart:

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