Received this via email today: Bowker released its annual report on U.S. print book publishing, compiled from its Books In Print® database. Based on preliminary figures from U.S. publishers, Bowker is projecting that despite the popularity of e-books, traditional U.S. print title output in 2010 increased 5%. Output of new titles and editions increased from 302,410 in 2009 to a projected 316,480 in 2010. The 5% increase comes on the heels of a 4% increase the previous year based on the final 2008-2009 figures.
The non-traditional sector continues its explosive growth, increasing 169% from 1,033,065 in 2009 to an amazing 2,776,260 in 2010. These books, marketed almost exclusively on the web, are largely on-demand titles produced by reprint houses specializing in public domain works and by presses catering to self-publishers and ”micro-niche” publications. Continue reading
Bowker has released a new version of Books In Print. The new Books In Print is visually appealing and easy to navigate; robust for professional use by librarians, booksellers, and publishers, yet easy enough for novice users. Even better, ebooks are easier to discover. Mark Tullos, MLIS and Senior Product Manager at Bowker, offered some step-by-step instructions on discovering ebooks in print. “From the new Books in Print advanced search, the user can enter the keyword in subject for example “politics”, filter by forthcoming, book, and ebook, and receive a list of forthcoming ebooks within that subject. Next, you can open an item record and navigate to the ebook tab to review the various distributors/publishers, formats and prices. Through Bowker’s title linking feature, major review sources for all formats are linked to the item record. Later in 2011, Bowker will provide links in the ebook tab that with take the user to major distributor platforms to either browse further or acquire.” Continue reading