A Review of Self-Publishing: A Discussion with Bowker

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Start Date: January 7, 2015

End Date: January 7, 2015

Doors Open / Start Date: 10 AM PST | 1 PM EST

Location: Online via WebEx

Contact Information: Molly Farragher | IBPA Project Coordinator

A recording of this session is available through IBPA’s institution on OpenLearning.com. IBPA members can login to OpenLearning here to access it.


Crazy woman with crossed eyes drinking wine through a strawIn fall 2014, Bowker reported that self-published books topped 450,000 in 2013. Beat Barblan, Bowker’s Director of Identifier Services, commented that these numbers indicate that the “self-published market…is maturing into a serious business” and is “evidence of a move by self-publishers to business-owner rather than writer only.”

Join IBPA on January 7, 2015 for an exploration of this report with Beat and Laura Dawson of Bowker.

This webinar will focus on:

  • A review of Bowker’s report on self-published titles produced in 2013.
  • A Q&A during which IBPA members will discuss their needs as self-publishers.
  • A brief overview of the Bowker benefits provided by IBPA to its members.

Please contact Molly Farragher if you would like to submit questions/points of interest before the live presentation.


About the presenters:

Self-PublishingBeat Barblan is a publishing professional focused on self-publishing and international standards that help the global book industry in the areas of identification, metadata, search, and discovery. He serves as Director of Identifier Services at Bowker where he is responsible for author services and such identifier standards and asset management and discoverability solutions as ISBN and ISNI. He is the acting head of the US and Australian ISBN Agencies and a director and treasurer on each respective standard’s board’s executive committee. He is passionate about publishing with a keen interest in helping self-publishers move from authors to successful publishing entrepreneurs. Bowker is an affiliated business of ProQuest.

Self-Publishing A 27-year veteran of the book industry, Laura Dawson was a founding member of the ONIX Committee and serves on the BISAC Metadata Committee. In 2003, she became an independent consultant, with a brief hiatus as Director of Product Management at Muze, and a longer stint as Communications Chief at Firebrand Technologies. She is now doing product management of SelfPublishedAuthor.com, as well as the standards ISNI and ISBN, at RR Bowker.

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