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Six mega-corporations release 85% of all the books
published in the United States.
1. Hearst Corporation
(Avon, William Morrow, HarperCollins)
2. Pearson PLC
(Penguin, G.P. Putnam, Berkely)
3. Viacom (Simon and
Shuster, Pocket Books)
4. Bertelsman AG
(Bantam, Doubleday, Dell, Dial, Random House, Knopf,
Modern Library, Ballantine)
5. Time Warner/Ted
Turner (Little, Brown, Book of the Month) - just bought
out by a European conglomerate in late 2006.
6. Holtzbrinck (Farrar
Strauss & Giroux, St. Martin's Press, Henry Holt)
Of approximately 160
books published in the United States every day, only 20
or so [10-15%] are fiction. Nearly half of those are
trade or mass-market paperbacks. Out of about 7000
fiction titles published every year in the United
States, only 3500 or so will be first release hardbacks.
A significant number of paperbacks are second+ releases
- less expensive versions of first-run hardbacks that
were probably released months (and often years) before.
of these are American-owned anymore.
the news that's fit to print!
As of March 1, 2010, Final
Flight can be ordered
Best Hikes Near Seattle was released by
Falcon Press, April 2009 and is for sale at bookstores
everywhere or on-line
HERE at Amazon.
As of March 31, 2009, The manuscript for
Final Flight is
in the hands of my editor at Wilderness Press.
This website was completely redesigned and
updated for 2007.
In September, 2006, the Grant
Grove Visitor's Center in Kings Canyon National Park mounted a
permanent display of photographs I took of the Sierra Nevada
high country. See them
Three of my photographs appear in
The Last Season, an
award-winning book by Eric Blehm. See them, and an extra image,
Large, a nationally renown outdoor & environmental
education company has hired me to redesign and maintain their
My story, Ephemeroptera,
place in the 2004 Pacific Northwest Writers Association
Literary Contest in the Adult Article/Essay/Short Memoir
category. Read it here.
-Science & Nature
-The Flower Lover
-Isle of Alaska
-Heart of Stone
the Sierra Nevada with a focus on Sequoia & Kings Canyon
story of Ginkgo biloba
2010 Peter Stekel
All Rights Reserved.
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