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– At the 111th BookExpo America this past week in New York City, the general attitude was positive among the 30,000 attendees — publishers and booksellers — especially compared to the downbeat last two years.
Part of the excitement in 2012 is credited to the boom in digital books, according to Bowker, a firm that provides information services to the publishing industry, such as the reference volumeBooks in Print. It calls this the “golden age of self-publishing.”
Self-published books topped 211,269 in 2011, up from 133,036 in 2010. E-books accounted for 41 percent of self-published units. Amazon, the largest player in self-publishing, published 57,602 titles last year. Bowker announced plans to develop a self-publishing bestsellers list.
Even the New York Review of Books announced the launch of an e-book series, NYRB Lit, featuring contemporary works, particularly in translation. Releases include Beirut, I Love You: A Memoir by Zena el Khalil and Yoram Kaniuk’s 1948, The Water Theatre by Lindsay Clarke, Markus Werner’s On the Edge and Kiran Nagarkar’s Ravan and Eddie. Ten books will be released annually.
Generally, big name authors drew crowds, including Barbara Kingsolver and musician Neil Young promoting his upcoming memoir.
Other news included the upcoming first-ever adult novel from Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling. The Casual Vacancy, releasing September 27, will receive a first printing of a hefty 2 million copies.