(Excerpt) By: Michael L. Tan
Philippine Daily Inquirer
(These are) ...figures from Unesco on the number of new book titles published each year in various countries. Their latest compilation lists these countries as the leaders: the United States with 288,000 (I’m rounding off figures), the United Kingdom with 206,000 and China with 136,000.
There was India ranking seventh with 21,000 Hindi and 18,000 English titles. Indonesia was 19th with 24,000 and Thailand, 29th with 13,000. Hong Kong had a separate entry from China, coming in 34th with 9,000 titles.... Afghanistan was 49th with 2,795.