Books in Action, Part 2

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June 2013
by Vivian Owens, Steve Blank and Bob Dorf, Mike Oehler, Claudia Cerulli, Karen H. Thompson, Derek Koehl, Robert Christofle, Kristin Mitchell, Susan Alcorn, MaryAnn F. Kohl, Candice Courtney

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As you might imagine, it’s exhilarating to get a stream of reports from IBPA members about what their books do for the people who read them and, through those people, for lots of others. Because each email tells a different story, I’m impressed again and again by how many ways independent publishers fulfill needs, including the most painful kinds and the kinds that are mostly about fun.

But it gets even better because the dozens of books we’re highlighting in “Books in Action” are the tip of a gargantuan iceberg.

As Kelly Gallagher of Ingram pointed out in “Independent Publisher Power” (February), current methodologies show that publishers with annual net sales under $5 million contributed $2.2 billion to total 2011 industry revenues. And smaller publishers (those publishing fewer than 10 ISBNs a year) “are multiplying quickly. A recent study published by R.R. Bowker estimated the growth rate from 2006 to 2011 at over 69 percent, and noted that this group of publishers now numbers nearly 21,000,” not counting companies such as Smashwords and writers who publish through them….IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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