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ERIC Number: EJ972570
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0024-2519
Self-Published Books: An Empirical "Snapshot"
Bradley, Jana; Fulton, Bruce; Helm, Marlene
Library Quarterly, v82 n2 p107-140 Apr 2012
The number of books published by authors using fee-based publication services, such as Lulu and AuthorHouse, is overtaking the number of books published by mainstream publishers, according to Bowker's 2009 annual data. Little empirical research exists on self-published books. This article presents the results of an investigation of a random sample of 348 books from a total population of 385,173 titles available from ninety-three fee-based publication services in 2008. Major findings include publication patterns within the nontraditional publishing industry, availability of self-published titles online and in libraries, state of bibliographic and cataloging control, and subject content of self-published books. The findings provide a baseline "snapshot" of books available from publication services in 2008, a time when the self-publishing industry was established but was still small enough to study overall. The article concludes with implications for librarians from this study of self-published books. (Contains 12 tables and 6 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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