Databases and websites for research into publishing

The following databases and websites are great for research. Some are only available on subcription or through your library or business.



Book Marketing Limited  Market data and Bookfacts online

The Bookseller

The Booksellers Association

Creative Commons – the most commonly used open content licensing system

Fame – database of financial information on companies in the UK and Ireland

Google Book Search

GPI Country Reports – Global Publishing Information reports – market data on countries. Available to members of the Publishers Association

Index Translationum – searchable UNESCO database of translations with lists of top authors, countries, and languages

Mintel  – market research reports on UK bookselling and publishing

Nielsen BookData – bibliographic data

Nielsen BookScan – sales data for the consumer market

Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies – listen to podcasts from academics and industry professionals

Pirabase – information service covering packaging and print supply

The Publishers Association – Market Information and Statistics

Trailblazing – online archive of journal articles published by the Royal Society between 1665 and 2010


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