Recently, Bowker issued a report on the state of self-publishing, analyzing ISBN data year over year to identify changes in the number of print and eBooks published by the top self-publishing platforms. And guess what? Self-publishing isn’t going anywhere.
“Our general conclusion is that self-publishing is beginning to mature. While it continues to be a force to reckon with, it is evolving from a frantic, wild-west style space to a more serious business,” said Beat Barblan, Bowker Director of Identifier Services. “The market is stabilizing as the trend of self-publisher as business-owner, rather than writer only, continues.”
A few key takeaways from the report:
Self-published titles jumped to more than 458,564 in 2013, increasing by 17 percent over 2012 and 437 percent over 2008.
- Printed titles were up, as well. Specifically, increasing by 29 percent over 2012, indicating the format remains popular amongst authors and readers, alike.
- The industry continues to be led by a handful of self-publishing service companies, with over 75 percent of self-published titles being brought to market with support from just three companies: Lulu.com, Smashwords and CreateSpace.
Plus, not to toot our own horn, but Lulu.com was the only self-publishing company to remain ranked in the top three when you compare ISBN output from 2008-2013 across total print and eBooks, just print books and just eBooks. Alright, maybe we’re tooting our own horn just a little bit.
The picture this data paints is very exciting for the future of the self-publishing industry and the team at Lulu.com is thrilled to be on the leading edge of the direction the industry is moving.