Over the past year Bowker has been expanding its array of self-publishing services for authors and yesterday marked its full entry into the self-publishing service provider market with the launch of SelfPublishedAuthor.com. Bowker is widely known to US-based self-published authors as the place to go to purchase a block of ISBN’s (it is the official ISBN Agency for the United States and its territories), as well as providing the book industry with bibliographic information and management solutions. However, Bowker has also spent the past year building partnerships with DCL, Vook and Smith Publicity to offer e-book production and conversion, distribution and publicity services. This launch was always on the cards and looks more of an effort to bring things together into one online space.
I would add one note of caution here. As mentioned above, Bowker has partnered with a number of companies (three of them mentioned above), but the new website also mentions many other companies, Smashwords, Author Solutions, Lulu, Bookbaby, Publish Green (Hillcrest Media), PigeonLab etc., as well as several others offering services other than distribution and production, through articles written by RR Bowker Product Manager, Laura Dawson
. I think it would be helpful, and in the spirit of transparency, to know exactly which companies are full contracted partners, affiliated partners, or merely mentioned casually as an optional resource for an author.
Bowker Launches SelfPublishedAuthor.com
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. SelfPublishedAuthor.com 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. SelfPublishedAuthor.com 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, SelfPublishedAuthor.com 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.
About Bowker® (www.bowker.com)
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