Nor is it surprising that one of his most inert empires may be that very accounting department that is so prolific of reports revealing the weaknesses of the other departments. Accountants love statistics, as editors love books, and they will squirrel them away even when they cost a great deal to collect and there is no conceivable use for them. But this weakness should be relished even as it is rooted out, for it proves that even accountants and business managers are human.
"Annual reports from ABPC", published for members, summaries available: Operating Ratio Surveys; Trend of Sales reports, Annual Meeting reports reprinted in pamphlet form from Publishers' Weekly, including discussion of trends and figures. New York, American Book Publishers Council, One Park Ave., New York 10016.
Bound, Charles F. A Banker Looks at Book Publishing. New York, Bowker, 1950.
Bowker Annual of Library and Book Trade Information, statistical sections. Annual. New York, Bowker.
Other general titles listed at end of Chapter 1, especially Cheney, "An Economic Survey of the Book Industry", and Unwin, The Truth About Publishing.
Publishers' Weekly, Annual Summary numbers, latter part of January each year, review of trends and statistics.