GITNUX MARKETDATA REPORT 2024

Diversity In The Book Industry Statistics

The book industry still has a lack of diversity, with underrepresentation of authors and characters from marginalized backgrounds.

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"In 2019, 80% of acquisitions editors in the industry were white."

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"Women of color held only 4% of senior roles in publishing as of 2019."

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"In 2020, the publishing workforce was 76% white."

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"From 2017 to 2019, there was a 25% increase in diverse characters in graphic novels."

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"In 2020, 5 of the top 10 bestselling novels in the United States were written by authors of color."

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"In 2020, 30% of the children’s book market was dominated by white male authors."

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"Latino authors represented only 6% of book deals in 2020."

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"11% of publishing professionals identified as LGBTQ+ in 2019."

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"8% of employees in the publishing industry identified as having a disability in 2019."

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"Female literary agents represented 81% of agents in the book publishing industry in 2020."

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"In 2019, 24% of children's books featured characters from diverse backgrounds."

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"13% of all new children's books published in 2020 featured LGBTQ+ characters."

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"Sales of books by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) authors rose by 20% following the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests."

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"10% of books published in 2018 were written by authors of color."

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"In 2021, Penguin Random House reported that 27% of its new releases were written by authors of color."

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"In 2020, women accounted for 74% of the overall workforce in the book publishing industry."

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"Only 5% of children's books in 2014 featured African American characters."

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"The percentage of books by authors of color in the young adult category increased to 22% in 2019."

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"Books by Asian American authors accounted for 7% of the market share in 2021."

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"The market for books in translation, accounting for diversity, saw an 18% increase in sales in 2018."

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