CD-ROM revenues continue to grow, with projections for 1989 sales of readers and CD-ROM publications expected to reach over $637 million or approximately double those of 1988. Some 300,000 readers are expected to be sold in 1989, bringing the total to 471,000 worldwide, of which 211,000 are used to retrieve commercially published information. The estimated number of titles inprint exceeds 300. Another 300 titles not included in this figure have been produced primarily for in-house use.
Revenues are expected to increase by another 85 percent in 1990, with approximately three-fourths of the revenue from CD-ROM publications and one-fourth from readers. The figures are based on surveying done by InfoTech, a market research firm, and published in a report entitled Optical Publishing Industry Assessment 2--CD-ROM 1986-90. The 1989 edition of the Industry Assessment is available now, and is priced at $300.
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