today i came across a database of translated books published in the US in 2009.
here the numbers:
"In 2009 there were 348 total titles published (283 fiction, 65 poetry). The most translated language in 2009 was Spanish (59 books), followed by French (51), German (31), Arabic (22), Italian (18), Japanese (18), Swedish (18), Russian (12), and Norwegian (11)." - University of Rochester
and here the article:
the spreadsheet is embedded in the article as excel spreadsheet, it lists details of all translated titles.
(ignore the "database link" at the end - i looked for a direct database link, but there doesn't seem to be one)
Second Tongue is the group for the bi- and multilingual fictionaut.
It doesn't matter to us whether your first language is French, Chinese, Greek, Swahili, Italian, Urdu, or any other of the world's groovy languages:
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We also welcome native English speakers, who live and write abroad or who write in another language than English.
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