Number of Self-Published Titles Just Hit Over 1 Million

by Vincent Salera 16 Oct 2018

Bowker’s annual report on the number of ISBNs issued to self-published authors shows the number of self-published books recently hit the 1 million mark for the first time in 2017.

The latest study from Bowker shows that self-publishing trends in print and ebook formats for 2016 vs. 2015 indicate a continuing growth trend for print (+11%), though at a slower rate than a year ago (+34%). As for Ebooks, they showed a slight decline in the number of title registrations (-3%).

As per Ingram, social movements such as the #MeToo movement are changing the self-publishing landscape.
“Women are everywhere—including on the pages of bestsellers. These women are hardly the damsels-in-distress you remember from yesterday’s bodice rippers. The women being portrayed in literature these days are powerful women. They’re rescuing dukes-in-distress, they’re replacing male superheroes like Superman, and they’re kicking butt in children’s books, too. Social movements affect literary trends, and for 2018 the trend is women, women, women.”

Ingram also predicts we are moving towards hybrid authors which are authors who publish via both traditional publishing and self-publishing. “The so-called stigma of self-publishing has seen its last days.”

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