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The production of self-published books has almost tripled since 2006, according to a new study released by Bowker.
“Self-publishing is now supported by a sophisticated and highly accessible support structure,” Beat Barblan, director of identifier services for Bowker, said in a statement. “This is no longer just vanity presses at work – self-publishing is out of the dark corners and making its way into the mainstream.”
The number of books – including both print and e-books – published by the author has increased by 287 percent since 2006. When it comes to print books alone, self-published books made up 43 percent of the titles published in 2011. Altogether, more than 235,000 print and e-book self-published titles came out last year.