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So you want your book published? Sometimes you’ve really got to just do it yourself

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The number of self-published books in the United States nearly tripled between 2006 and 2011, according to a data analysis released in late October by Bowker, a Michigan-based market research firm for the publishing industry.

And e-books drove most of that growth: Although print book production grew 33 percent over those five years, e-book production rose 129 percent to 87,201 titles.

“That’s the most significant expansion we’ve seen in publishing in the last six years,” said Bowker public relations consultant Beth Dempsey, adding that many authors also self-publish print versions of their e-books.

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