In 2021, the total revenue generated from sales and licensing of commercial and educational books in Malta was estimated at €3.6 million, an increase of 4.9% compared to 2020.
The National Statistics Office (NSO) said English and Maltese were the languages in which most books were published in Malta in 2021, with 64.2% and 47.2% of publishers publishing titles in these respective languages.
The largest share of revenue from local books sold last year was generated by commercial publishing (68.1%).
In addition, the largest share of revenue came from printed books. In this respect, the turnover of the sale of printed books stood at 86.1%, while that of digital books amounted to 13.9%.
Last year, the easing of pandemic-related restrictions led to a relative increase in revenue generated from in-store purchases. Thus, the turnover of physical sales rose from 59.5% to 67.9% year-on-year.
The Survey of Publishing Entities indicates that last year the number of new titles published remained stable compared to the previous year.
This is 18% less than the number of new titles published in the pre-pandemic year of 2019. Last year, the number of new ISBNs issued to publishing entities increased slightly to 528.
Again, this was still 16.5% less than the number of ISBNs issued in 2019. 84.7% of new ISBNs were issued to large publishing entities which, for the purposes of this press release , are classified as publishing entities with 11 or more new ISBNs. .
In 2021, most publishers worked with three or fewer publishers and/or authors. Indeed, the survey results showed that 79.2% and 64.2% of them hired three or fewer editors and authors, respectively.
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