This page last updated October 27, 2001. All links have been checked.

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"These statistics were compiled by RWA from Book Industry Study Group and American Bookseller Association reports, and from tallies in Ingram's catalogue of all book releases."

  • Romance generated $1.37 billion in sales in 2000.
  • There were 2,289 romances released in 2000.
  • Romance fiction comprises 18% of all books sold (not including children's books).
  • Romance fiction comprises 55.9% of all popular paperback fiction sold in North America.
  • Romance fiction comprises 37.2% of all popular fiction sold. (Different from above, this figure includes not just paperbacks, but hardcovers as well.)

    To compare:

  • Mystery/Detective/Suspense is 28.1% of popular fiction sales
  • General Fiction is 12.9% of popular fiction sales
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy is 7.2% of popular fiction sales
  • Religious, occult, westerns, male adventure, general history, adult and movie tie-ins was 14.6% of popular fiction sales

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