Bowker Launches

After months of adding services for self-publishing authors to its ISBN platform, Bowker has taken the next step in offering information and services for independent authors.

The book industry data and services provider has launched, an information, advice and resources portal with information on self-publishing books and ebooks.

In February, Bowker partnered with DCL and Vook to offer its customers who purchased ISBN numbers ebook production and distribution options. In May, Bowker teamed up with book publicity firm Smith Publicity to offer public relations services.

The new site seems to be a culmination of Bowker’s strategy to enter the self-publishing market. features blog posts with advice for authors as well as a self-publishing checklist, which includes links to Bowker-owned services, like ISBN purchasing, as well as Bowker-affiliated services, like ebook distribution from Vook.

[Press Release]

Bowker Launches
Web resource connects indie publishers with advice and resources tailored to their needs
May 20, 2013 (New Providence, NJ) – ProQuest affiliate Bowker® has launched a new web resource to guide independent authors to success. offers tools, advice, and resources for navigating the publishing process, serving a burgeoning market of authors who are bypassing the traditional publishing route to take total control of their book projects.

“Bowker has tracked extraordinary growth in the number of self-published works over the past five years,” said Beat Barblan, Bowker director of identifier services. “There are thousands of authors who need access to advice, guidance and resources. is designed to be their partner, helping them bring their books to market in the most effective way.”

Bowker, the official ISBN agency for the US and its territories, is uniquely suited to work with independent authors. Its MyIdentifiers® website, where publishers can purchase ISBNs, is often the first step in the publishing process, and has grown to include connections to a wide variety of publishing-related services. Now, complements it with industry advice and perspective, marketing tools, referrals to partners who can help independent publishers and a calendar of events specifically for self-published authors.

“We’re committed to being a comprehensive, practical and valuable resource that helps publishers build connections with the right partners and the right audiences,” said Mr. Barblan.

To learn more visit

About Bowker® (
Bowker is the world’s leading provider of bibliographic information and management solutions designed to help publishers, booksellers, and libraries better serve their customers. Creators of products and services that make books easier for people to discover, evaluate, order, and experience, the company also generates research and resources for publishers, helping them understand and meet the interests of readers worldwide. Bowker, a ProQuest affiliate, is the official ISBN Agency for the United States and its territories. The company is headquartered in New Providence, New Jersey, with additional operations in England and Australia.

One thought on “Bowker Launches

  1. Ian Lamont

    Independent authors should be very skeptical of product offerings by Bowker. Keep in mind that this is the same agency that urges new authors to buy expensive, overpriced ISBNs (price for a single ISBN: $125!) without clearly explaining to them that they are not needed for ebooks (Amazon KDP, Nook Press, iTunes, Kobo, etc. *do not* require ISBNs). They are also not needed for entry-level paperback printing — CreateSpace hands them out for free.

    Bowker uses similar mercenary pricing for add-on services that are seldom needed by independent, self-published authors. For example: $25 for a barcode. Are you kidding me? Ebooks don’t need them, and print-on-demand distributors CreateSpace and Lightning Source will give them to authors for free. It’s the same story for overpriced and unneeded book widgets and apps offered by the company.

    As stated earlier, new authors using self-publishing services should be very skeptical of any new Bowker product offering targeting independent authors. The company wants to exploit their ISBN monopoly and gain control over an area of the market where they are adding little or no value.

    Ian Lamont
    Founder, In 30 Minutes guides



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