New Industry Data Show 2008 was a Watershed Year for On-Demand Indie Book Publishing 

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Author Solutions (ASI), the world leader in indie book publishing, is now the world leader in the most popular segment of book publishing. For the first time ever, the number of new U.S. on-demand titles brought to market in 2008 (284,370) exceeded new U.S. traditionally-published titles (275,232). Overall, the number of new on-demand titles produced increased 132 percent, while the number of new traditionally-published titles fell 3.2 percent. The data was compiled by Bowker—the world’s leading source for bibliographic information—from more than 75,000U.S. publishers.

“Clearly, the book publishing industry has reached a tipping point. The efficiencies and technological advantages available through on-demand indie book publishing are game changers. Authors in unprecedented numbers are taking control of their destinies and choosing independence not available through ‘traditional’ publishing,” said Kevin Weiss, ASI president and chief executive officer.

In 2008, the ASI family of publishers—AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Trafford Publishing, Xlibris, Wordclay and Inkubook—brought to market more than 23,000 new titles: 30 percent more than in 2007. Overall, ASI publishing brands have helped more than 85,000 authors bring more than 120,000 titles to market.

For more information about Author Solutions, visit www.authorsolutions.com or call 877-655-1722.

About Author Solutions, Inc.

Author Solutions, Inc., (ASI), owned by Bertram Capital Management LLC, is the world leader in indie book publishing—the fastest-growing segment of publishing. ASI’s self-publishing brands—AuthorHouse, AuthorHouse UK, iUniverse, Trafford, Xlibris, Wordclay, and Inkubook—have helped more than 85,000 authors self-publish, promote, and bring to market more than 125,000 new titles. In 2008, 23,000 new U.S. titles were published and brought to market by an ASI brand—more than any publisher in the world. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, ASI also operates offices inIndianapolis, Milton Keynes, England and Cebu City, Philippines. Visit www.authorsolutions.com or call 1-877-655-1722 for more information.

About BEDC

The BEDC is the lead business retention, development and attraction entity for Bloomington and Monroe County, Indiana. The BEDC serves as the lead intermediary between local businesses and state and federal economic development assistance programs. The BEDC is also the host for the Bloomington Life Sciences Partnership (BLSP) and the Bloomington Technology Partnership (BTP). Further information about the BEDC is available at www.comparebloomington.us.

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