Bowker Reports "Staggering Growth" in On-Demand Publishing Amid Flat Growth in Traditional Publishing Industry

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Author Solutions Brands Expected to Publish One of Every Eight Titles in Fast-growing Publishing Segment

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Bowker's report clearly illustrates a changing tide in the book publishing industry. Authors are increasingly turning to self-publishing because of the flexibility and limitless options it presents

On-demand and short-run books experienced a "stunning five-fold increase" in the number of titles published in 2007, according to Bowker, the global leader in bibliographic management. The expansion in self-published and other unclassified titles came amid "basically flat" growth in the traditional publishing sector.

"Bowker's report clearly illustrates a changing tide in the book publishing industry. Authors are increasingly turning to self-publishing because of the flexibility and limitless options it presents," said Kevin Weiss, president and chief executive officer of Author Solutions. "Self-publishing allows readers and the marketplace, not just a select group of editors, to determine which books are worthy of market success."

While traditional publishers have seen numbers stagnate or fall, Author Solutions' self-publishing imprints, AuthorHouse, iUniverse, and Wordclay, have continued to put an increasing number of titles into distribution. In 2008, ASI self-publishing brands project to publish nearly 17,000 new titles, or about one out of every eight titles in the on-demand and unclassified category.

"If an author needs it, Author Solutions can provide it. We are the world leader in the fastest-growing segment of publishing, and we are dropping the barriers between authors and readers. We make it possible for anyone, anywhere, at anytime to put their book into print and get it into the marketplace," Weiss said.

For more information on Author Solutions; its author services brands: AuthorHouse, iUniverse, and Wordclay; or its publishing services solutions for organizations and small publishers, please visit authorsolutions.com or call 1-877-655-1722.

About Author Solutions, Inc.
Author Solutions, Inc., (ASI) which is owned by Bertram Capital, is the world leader in the fastest-growing segment of publishing. Through its Author Services brands, iUniverse, AuthorHouse, and Wordclay, ASI enables more authors to self-publish, promote, and sell their books than any other company in the world. Through its Publishing Services group, ASI offers a DIY publishing platform that can be white-labeled, and the most flexible integrated publishing services platform in the industry. Currently, Author Solutions provides services around the globe through the AuthorHouse, AuthorHouse UK, Wordclay, and iUniverse brands. These different brands operate from offices in Bloomington, Ind.; Indianapolis, Ind.; and Milton Keynes, England; New York City, and Shanghai, China.

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