Self-Publishing Turns a Corner

shutterstock_47477956According to the latest Bowker data, self-publishing is still on the rise in the U.S.

The number of ISBNs registered for self-published titles last year was up nearly 17% since 2012. But it may come as some surprise that all of that growth came from print, not ebooks.

Looking at the data, Bowker also sees self-publishing’s boom years giving way to greater market stabilization as more self-published writers settle into their roles as business owners.

Much more.

Related: Understanding the Self-Publishing Landscape Today at DBW15

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2 thoughts on “Self-Publishing Turns a Corner

  1. conradg

    These numbers are likely highly under-reported, as most self-publishing ebook writers don’t even bother getting ISBNs. Which would explain why most of the growth comes from print books, which require an ISBN from most retailers, including Amazon.



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