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New Bowker Study on eBooks Shows Self-Publishing Growth

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Bowker, the ProQuest group that supplies book information to publishers, libraries, and booksellers and is the official US agency for identifying ISBN numbers, released the results today of its most recent study on self-published books, both print and digital. According to the release on the study, available self-published books now total more than 235,000, nearly a triple increase over the course of the last six years.

“Self-publishing is now supported by a sophisticated and highly accessible support structure,” said Beat Barblan, Director of Identifier Services for Bowker, an affiliate of information powerhouse ProQuest. “It’s provided everyone who has a story to tell with a method for sharing it and leveled the playing field to an unprecedented degree. This is no longer just vanity presses at work – self-publishing is out of the dark corners and making its way into the mainstream. Notable success stories include a number of self-published authors landing their titles onto the prestigious New York Times bestseller list for ebook fiction.”

Last year, news from Bowker showed that self-published books accounted for nearly 43% of print books. Also, ebooks are increasing in number among self-published titles, as digital publishing platforms become more common and more user friendly.

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