The UNESCO book production statistics


UNESCO’S Statistical Yearbook annually provides figures for the production of books in English, French, German, Spanish, and Russian. A detailed analysis of these data show that the lack of responses to questionnaires is the primary contributor to gaps in the statistics. If nonresponding countries had provided the requested information, the statistics would have shown increasing production of books in these languages. The 1987 questionnaire is reproduced in the Appendix.

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Correspondence to Gretchen Whitney.

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Gretchen Whitney is an assistant professor at the Graduate Library School of The University of Arizona and author ofLanguage Distribution in Databases. She teaches in the fields of information science and information policy.

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Whitney, G. The UNESCO book production statistics. Book Research Quarterly 5, 12–29 (1989).

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  • Statistical Yearbook
  • National Commission
  • Book Publishing
  • National Language
  • Library School