ISBN Stats Show Self-publishing is on the Increase

They say that everyone has a book in them. With most writers that’s where it should stay, but thanks to the internet and E-publishing more and more writers are exercising the urge and writing a novel. ISBN stats show that more and more writers are self-publishing.

Whether it’s a masterpiece or a piece of unreadable rubbish it can still be published cheaply and made available for a few pence. Getting an ISBN (International Standard Book Number) number for it is necessary with publishers like Apple, but it’s not needed on iBooks Store or with Amazon so the stats that suggest that self-publishing is on the rise could actually suggest that ISBN registration is on the rise.

Registering any book with an ISBN number is a good idea as the unique identification number is used for tracking sales, and for processing orders by booksellers, distributors, wholesalers, universities and libraries. It’s a system that’s been in existence since Gordon Foster, a Professor of Statistics at Trinity College, Dublin created it for booksellers WH Smith in 1965. In modern books the number consists of 13 digits but books published prior to 1st January 2007 were given a 10 digit number. For major publishers, every book produced whether published on paper or as an E-Book is given an ISBN and the E-book, hard cover and paperback books all have different numbers.

Publishing is a business and “The most successful self-publishers don’t view themselves as writers only, but as business owners,” Bowker’s Director of Identifier Services, Beat Barblan said in a press release. “They invest in their businesses, hiring experts to fill skill gaps and that’s building a thriving new service infrastructure in publishing.”

So perhaps it’s time to get writing. Perhaps you could be the new EL James, the author of the Fifty Shades of Grey series, a collection of novels that started like as fan fiction that was available as an E-Book.

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