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Bowker Names Smashwords as the Biggest Fish in the Indie eBook Publishing Pond
November 16, 2013 | 12:50 pm

NielsenThe largest publisher of independent e-books may not surprise you. Bowker named Smashwords the largest publisher for indie e-books in its latest report “Self-Publishing in the United States, 2007-2012,” after publishing about 90,000 e-books in 2012. When it comes to e-books and printed books, Amazon’s CreateSpace comes in at number one with 131,000 published ISBN registrations, more than double than what it did in 2011 (59,000). Bowker based the data on ISBN registrations, which is handled by Bowker. More than 50 publishers were mentioned in the report. Author Solutions was another name that popped up often with divisions or imprints of the company often...

Self-published titles up nearly 60 percent from last year
October 11, 2013 | 12:25 pm

self-publishedEver wonder how many self-published titles are on the market? 1,000? 10,000? 100,000? It’s even higher than that. Just last year, Bowker said 391,000 ISBNs were purchased for self-published titles – a 59 percent increase from 2011, according to a release from the company on Digital Book World. In 2012, 40 percent of percent of ISBNs were for self-published titles compared to 2007 when it was just 11 percent. “The most successful self-publishers don’t view themselves as writers only, but as business owners,” said Beat Barblan, Bowker Director of Identifier Services, in the company’s press release. “They invest in their businesses, hiring experts to...

Nielsen to acquire book tracking services from Bowker
August 25, 2013 | 2:58 pm

e-bookNielsen’s data gathering on print and e-books is growing stronger. Nielsen has announced an agreement to acquire Bowker’s Business Intelligence and Commerce Solutions products to measure the impact of sales in the United States and the United Kingdom, both companies announced recently. Nielsen said that adding these new products to its current portfolio will "build on Nielsen's existing global book intelligence by adding enhanced offerings in transaction services and sales measurement and analysis." Nielsen’s tracking platforms already include BookData, BookNet, UK ISBN Agency, and BookScan. In addition, Nielsen will offer a B2B service that enables retailers to order books throughout the English-language book...

Eating Our Own Dog Food
August 20, 2013 | 12:45 pm

self-publishingBy Laura Dawson In computer software engineering, "dogfooding" means using your own product. At Bowker, we've been doing that ourselves — I'm the product manager for SelfPublishedAuthor.com, and I'm using our services to publish a short story cycle called "The Place Where I Come From." The reason for this is because we really want to understand what indie publishers and self-published authors are going through, and make sure that the tools we offer are actually helpful. I'm taking an incremental approach to publishing — I've launched the book digitally on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If demand grows over time, I'll add a print-on-demand option. ISBNs and Metadata I've...

Bowker Annual Review: E-books gain in market share, B&N sees digital drop off
August 6, 2013 | 3:30 pm

It’s no surprise consumers buy many of their goods online. When it comes to books, the percentage is only getting higher. In 2012, 44 percent of American dollars spent on books went to online retailers—that's up from 39 percent in 2011, according to Infodocket's report on the "2013 U.S. Book Consumer Demographics and Buying Behaviors Annual Review" from Bowker (just $799 if you want to read the whole thing yourself). Amazon led all online retailers when it came to selling books, which is also not surprising. Borders leaving the industry, in part, has to do with the gain of the online marketplace over brick-and-mortar...

Online Book Buying Almost Half of Retail Book Purchases
August 6, 2013 | 2:17 pm

Are you buying most or all of your books online? If so, you're not alone. According to Bowker's latest research, 44 percent of all books in the U.S. are bought online. That number includes both e-books and print books. That's up from 39 percent in 2011—not a huge increase, but still significant. If I had to guess, I'd think that Borders' bankruptcy had a lot to do with it. Instead of going to another bookstore chain (like Barnes & Noble), buyers moved online. Not surprisingly, Amazon increased its lead while B&N actually lost ground in the e-book marketplace (four percent down from...

Should self-published authors use an e-book conversion service?
February 12, 2013 | 1:22 pm

I've written plenty on this site about e-book conversion (most recently here and here), and I almost skipped over the Bowker press release. I'm glad I decided to investigate further. Okay, quick details first. From the release: Once an author has decided to self-publish, the next step of creating an eBook alongside print is obvious – it is too big a market. Not too far in the future I believe we’ll drop the “e” and we’ll just have books,” stated DCL CEO Mark Gross. “We applaud Bowker for recognizing the need for trustworthy conversion services for its customers, and are honored to...

The Metadata Handbook Published in Both PDF and Print
November 17, 2012 | 11:30 am

The Metadata Handbook in PDF and print Source: Press Release First guidebook for book publishers outlining how metadata for books operates in the real world DataCurate announces the publication of The Metadata Handbook, a one-stop guide for book publishers — large, small, and independent — offering help in understanding how metadata works and outlining the essential components of successful metadata creation and distribution. Topics covered include: > How metadata for books operates in the real world > Metadata fundamentals and the history of metadata for books > Standards and best practices for creating and distributing accurate and comprehensive metadata > The basics of ONIX for Books, including ONIX 3.0 > The basics of EPUB 3...

Impelsys’ iPublishCentral Platform Powers New Bowker “Book as an Android App”
October 25, 2012 | 11:44 pm

  PRESS RELEASE Impelsys, a global leader in providing electronic content delivery solutions, is powering the new Bowker "Book as an Android App" with its iPublishCentral software platform. "Book as an Android App" allows authors and small publishers to use Bowker’s www.myidentifiers.com to create Android-compatible e-book apps from any PDF or ePub document, opening new sales channels such as Google Play and the Amazon App Store. "We’ve partnered with Bowker to make available to their customers a simple option for creating their own eBook app, which helps authors and small publishers better market their titles to potential readers,” said Sameer Shariff, founder and CEO of Impelsys....

Show Notes: Report from the Digital Book World Marketing and Discoverability Conference
September 25, 2012 | 7:30 pm

By Brian Howard | for Book Business “If you came here looking for a map, good luck,” joked Perseus Book Group's Rick Joyce, noting that figuring out the new world of discoverbility is “not about map following, but about map building.” While the metaphor might seem extreme, when it comes to marketing and discoverability in the Internet age, publishers really are, like the early explorers, in uncharted territory. This was the theme of the opening keynote delivered by Joyce, Perseus's Chief Marketing Officer, to the gathered publishing professionals at New York's Metropolitan Pavilion for the first Digital Book World Marketing and Discoverability conference. Joyce’s table-setting address stressed the...

Bowker Research Shows Australia is a Global Leader in E-Book Adoption
May 24, 2012 | 9:19 am

Images From the press release by the Book Industry Study Group: ...The Global eBook Monitor finds that men are slightly more likely to have engaged with the digital book market than women. The 18-24 age group leads in use, just a little ahead of those aged 25-34. However, that may change shortly. 'Although current e-book use tends to decrease with age, those most likely to come into the market in the next six months are somewhat older than current buyers,' said Ms. Henry. 'That's the pattern we're seeing in both the U.S. and the U.K.' The Global eBook Monitor (GeM)...

Bowker: British Kids Read Their e-Books On a Bigger Screen & More UK Adults Buying e-Books
May 16, 2012 | 9:11 am

uk kids1 Bowker: British Kids Read Their e Books On a Bigger Screen & More UK Adults Buying e BooksFrom the Bowker Announcement: British children aged 10 and under are reading e-books, but on laptops rather than designated devices like the Amazon Kindle.  Once they turn 11, they embrace the Kindle as their most widely used device for e-book consumption. These insights are courtesy of Bowker Market Research’s Understanding the Digital Consumer project, an ongoing study of the use of e-books by British consumers.  The latest wave of research, completed in March 2012, included an extended set of questions around children and their use of digital content. [Clip] The latest results from Understanding the Digital Consumer show that among adult readers...