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Bowker Launches SelfPublishedAuthor.com | Digital Book World

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After months of adding services for self-publishing authors to its ISBN platform, Bowker has taken the next step in offering information and services for independent authors.

The book industry data and services provider has launched SelfPublishedAuthor.com, an information, advice and resources portal with information on self-publishing books and ebooks.

In February, Bowker partnered with DCL and Vook to offer its customers who purchased ISBN numbers ebook production and distribution options. In May, Bowker teamed up with book publicity firm Smith Publicity to offer public relations services.

The new site seems to be a culmination of Bowker’s strategy to enter the self-publishing market. SelfPublishedAuthor.com features blog posts with advice for authors as well as a self-publishing checklist, which includes links to Bowker-owned services, like ISBN purchasing, as well as Bowker-affiliated services, like ebook distribution from Vook.

[Press Release]

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.

To learn more visit http://www.selfpublishedauthor.com.

via Bowker Launches SelfPublishedAuthor.com | Digital Book World.

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