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Bowker® Teams with Vook to Offer Ebook Creation and Distribution Services

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

February 13, 2013 (NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ) — Bowker®, a ProQuest affiliate, is teaming with Vook to enrich the offerings available on Bowker’s acclaimed MyIdentifiers.com site. Now, in addition to accessing Bowker’s ISBN and metadata services on MyIdentifiers.com, authors will be able to purchase Vook’s ebook production and distribution solutions, all from one location. Vook’s distribution network includes major e-retailers Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple.

“The self-publishing community is growing dramatically and we’re eager to support these authors with access to high-quality services,” said Beat Barblan, Director, Bowker Identifier Services. “We are continuously evolving MyIdentifiers.com to become a one-stop site where authors, as well as self and small publishers can easily find what they need. Teaming with Vook is another important step toward fulfilling that goal.”

With the ability to offer ebook production and distribution through Vook, Bowker has become a turn-key solution for authors who want to bring their books to market quickly. Leveraging Vook’s ebook production capabilities, Bowker is able to offer its customers easy access to services that can aid in the distribution and accounting for customers’ ebooks.

“Being able to add ebook creation and distribution to its list of essential offerings makes Bowker a truly innovative leader in solutions for authors and publishers,” said Matthew Cavnar, Vook Vice-President, Business Development. “We’re excited to help Bowker’s customers bring their work to fruition.”

 

About Bowker® (www.bowker.com)
Bowker is the world’s leading provider of bibliographic information and management solutions designed to help publishers, booksellers, and libraries better serve their customers. Creators of products and services that make books easier for people to discover, evaluate, order, and experience, the company also generates research and resources for publishers, helping them understand and meet the interests of readers worldwide. Bowker, a ProQuest affiliate, is the official ISBN Agency for the United States and its territories. The company is headquartered in New Providence, New Jersey, with additional operations in England and Australia.

About Vook

Founded in 2009, Vook has created an innovative technology platform that helps content holders to create great ebooks, add video and images, publish the ebooks to their own Web pages and to the major e-retailers, and track their sales. Vook provides a turnkey solution for content strategy, including editorial, marketing and distribution services and has worked with a range of partners, including The New York Times, NBC, Simon & Schuster, Google, American Express Publishing, and Newsweek Daily Beast. For more information, please visit http://vook.com or contact Allison@vook.com.

Syndetic Solutions™ Will Add Facebook Access and New Content Elements in Early 2013

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

OPAC enrichment tool’s new features expand the service of the library catalog

 

January 16, 2013 (New Providence, NJ) – A series of new features will be added to Bowker Syndetic Solutions™, the popular OPAC and discovery layer enrichment tool, significantly enhancing the utility of library OPACs. The new features include enhanced content elements for video games, music, movies, TV shows and journals, as well as a new Syndetics app for patron usage within Facebook.

“OPACs and discovery layers are the primary gateway for patrons in to the library collection. Syndetic Solutions has a mission to continually improve discovery, connecting users with the information they need in their borrowing or purchasing decisions,” said Sharon Lubrano, Vice-President and General Manager of Bowker®, a ProQuest affiliate.

In early 2013, Syndetic Solutions will make its Facebook application available at no additional cost for all subscribers. The app will enable libraries to provide catalog access within Facebook, connecting the library to the social networks of its users. Library patrons will be able to search for titles, review cover art, summaries, reviews and share or comment on titles they find with their Facebook friends.

New enriched content will also become available in the first quarter of 2013. In the U.S. and U.K., video game covers, title, rating number, Maturity Standard Rating (think “Everyone” or “Teen”) will deepen the information available to patrons through the OPAC. Syndetic Solutions’ cover image options will expand to include premier Serial Cover Image content from Ulrich’s, the acclaimed global serials directory. Further, new U.K. audio/video content will be available through Syndetics A/V elements. Through Syndetic Solutions, patrons will be able to find reviews and descriptive information about entertainment content for more than 4 million TV shows and movies. Further, music titles will be enriched with reviews, annotations, profiles and covers.

Syndetic Solutions is a service of Bowker, an affiliate of global information company ProQuest. To learn more click here.

 

About Bowker® (www.bowker.com)

Bowker is the world’s leading provider of bibliographic information and management solutions designed to help publishers, booksellers, and libraries better serve their customers. Creators of products and services that make books easier for people to discover, evaluate, order, and experience, the company also generates research and resources for publishers, helping them understand and meet the interests of readers worldwide. Bowker, a ProQuest  affiliate, is the official ISBN Agency for the United States and its territories. The company is headquartered in New Providence, New Jersey, with additional operations in England and Australia.

ProQuest Enhances Strategic Acquisition and Discovery of e-Books

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Full-Text Searching of ebrary titles expands in Summon® Discovery Service

 

November 7, 2012 (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — ProQuest is boosting the visibility of e-books in library collections by providing for the full text of an additional 400,000 e-books to be discovered and accessed as part of a broad search of library holdings. The initiative to improve e-book visibility began in early 2011 when Serials Solutions pioneered indexing of the contents of the HathiTrust collection in its Summon® discovery service. Just months later, the first full-text indexing of ebrary’s popular collection of e-books debuted. Now, ProQuest expands that effort with virtually every title in ebrary’s collection richly indexed in the Summon service and discoverable from the “front door” of the library.

“Our 2011 Global Student E-book Survey identified discovery as an area of the e-book experience that could be substantially improved,” said Kurt Sanford, ProQuest CEO. “More than 47 percent of respondents reported that they aren’t using e-books because they don’t know where to find them. With all of ebrary’s titles indexed within Summon, researchers and faculty can now more efficiently discover them, enabling the library to earn more value from its e-book collection.”

The Summon service searches more full text than any other discovery service, exposing researchers to content in collections that might otherwise remain buried. Summon searches across all of a library’s ebrary products, encompassing titles acquired through subscription, patron driven acquisition, short-term loan, and perpetual archive models. As a result, strategic acquisition can occur within the ebrary platform but can start from the library’s point of discovery, dramatically streamlining ordering and precisely tuning the library’s holdings to users’ needs.

 

“ProQuest is committed to pioneering technology and business models that empower libraries to get more from their content investments and deliver the best research experience for their users,” said Mr. Sanford. “Combining the expertise across the ProQuest enterprise with deep understanding of our customers needs, we intend to continually remove obstacles between people and information, advancing knowledge around the world.”

About the Summon Service

Used by more than 500 libraries in more than 40 countries, the Summon service is the first and only discovery service based on a unified index of content, leveraging its unique “match and merge” technology to combine rich metadata and full text from multiple sources to ultimately make items more discoverable. In just three years, the Summon unified index has grown from 200 million items to more than one billion items – with the vast majority of article and book content full-text searchable. Proven to increase usage of library resources, the Summon service consistently meets user expectations by delivering innovative new features for enhancing discovery.

About ProQuest (www.proquest.com)

ProQuest connects people with vetted, reliable information.  Key to serious research, the company has forged a 70-year reputation as a gateway to the world’s knowledge – from dissertations to governmental and cultural archives to news, in all its forms.  Its role is essential to libraries and other organizations whose missions depend on the management and delivery of complete, trustworthy information.

ProQuest’s massive information pool is made accessible in research environments that accelerate productivity, empowering users to discover, create, and share knowledge.

An energetic, fast-growing organization, ProQuest includes the ProQuest®, Bowker®, Dialog®, ebrary®, and Serials Solutions® businesses and notable research tools such as the RefWorks® and Pivot™ services, as well as its’ Summon® web-scale discovery service.  The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices around the world.

ProQuest Joins Forces with TAMU Scholars to Make 15th Century Books Behave Like Born-Digital Text

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Collaborative project will train OCR technology to read early modern fonts

 

November 6, 2012 (ANN ARBOR Mich.) — Information powerhouse ProQuest is participating in a project that will vastly accelerate research of 15th through 17th Century cultural history. The company will provide access to page images from the veritable Early English Books Online and newcomer Early European Books to the Early Modern OCR Project (eMOP) at Texas A&M. EMOP will use the content to create a database of typefaces used in the early modern era, train OCR software to read them and then apply crowd-sourcing for editing. The project will turn the rich corpus of works from this pivotal historical period into fully searchable digital documents. 

“Digitization of the historical archives of the early modern era made this literature far more accessible. Page images provide scholars with unprecedented access to books that previously could have only been viewed in their source library. However, precision search — the ability to use technology to zero in on very specific text — has been hampered by the fact that OCR technology can’t read the peculiarities of early printing,” said Mary Sauer-Games, ProQuest vice-president, publishing. “We’re thrilled to participate in an effort that we feel will drive new levels of historical discovery. We love the application of modern ingenuity to turn these very old archives into works that are as searchable as text that was born digital.”

ProQuest has played a key worldwide role in preservation and access to early modern history, ensuring the survival of printed works from as early as 1450. In the 1930s, the company became a pioneer of microfiche, when it filmed the contents of the vast archives of the British Library and other major libraries across England – virtually every English language book printed in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. The microfilm collection, ProQuest’s flagship Early English Books, opened these works to global study and created an avenue for preservation. It has since become the quintessential collection for study of the early modern era.

In the 1990s, ProQuest began a massive effort to capture the collection digitally. Early English Books Online enables scholars to manage, share and collaborate on their research virtually. The company even created a social network that allows the scholars who use the collection as a base for their research to connect with each other.

 

Then, early in the 21st century, ProQuest expanded the program to include major European libraries, launching Early European Books with the Danish Royal Library in Copenhagen and the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze in Italy. Digitization projects are also underway with the U.K.’s famed scientific and medical library — The Wellcome – and the National Library of the Netherlands.

 

eMop is led by Texas A&M Professors Laura Mandell, Director of the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture (IDHMC), Ricardo Gutierrez-Osuna of Computer Science, and Richard Furuta, Director of the Center for the Study of Digital Libraries (CSDL), along with  Anton DuPlessis and Todd Samuelson, book historians from Cushing Rare Books Library. The scholars earned a two-year, $734,000 development grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the work. ProQuest is one of a variety of participating publishers and software organizations that are collaborating on the project.

 

To learn more about eMOP visit http://emop.tamu.edu. For more information about ProQuest’s role in access to and preservation of the world’s knowledge, visit www.proquest.com.

 

About ProQuest (www.proquest.com)

ProQuest connects people with vetted, reliable information.  Key to serious research, the company has forged a 70-year reputation as a gateway to the world’s knowledge – from dissertations to governmental and cultural archives to news, in all its forms.  Its role is essential to libraries and other organizations whose missions depend on the management and delivery of complete, trustworthy information.

ProQuest’s massive information pool is made accessible in research environments that accelerate productivity, empowering users to discover, create, and share knowledge.

An energetic, fast-growing organization, ProQuest includes the ProQuest®, Bowker®, Dialog®, ebrary®, and Serials Solutions® businesses and notable research tools such as the RefWorks® and Pivot™ services, as well as its’ Summon® web-scale discovery service.  The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices around the world.

ProQuest Joins Forces with TAMU Scholars to Make 15th Century Books Behave Like Born-Digital Text

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Collaborative project will train OCR technology to read early modern fonts

 

November 6, 2012 (ANN ARBOR Mich.) — Information powerhouse ProQuest is participating in a project that will vastly accelerate research of 15th through 17th Century cultural history. The company will provide access to page images from the veritable Early English Books Online and newcomer Early European Books to the Early Modern OCR Project (eMOP) at Texas A&M. EMOP will use the content to create a database of typefaces used in the early modern era, train OCR software to read them and then apply crowd-sourcing for editing. The project will turn the rich corpus of works from this pivotal historical period into fully searchable digital documents. 

“Digitization of the historical archives of the early modern era made this literature far more accessible. Page images provide scholars with unprecedented access to books that previously could have only been viewed in their source library. However, precision search — the ability to use technology to zero in on very specific text — has been hampered by the fact that OCR technology can’t read the peculiarities of early printing,” said Mary Sauer-Games, ProQuest vice-president, publishing. “We’re thrilled to participate in an effort that we feel will drive new levels of historical discovery. We love the application of modern ingenuity to turn these very old archives into works that are as searchable as text that was born digital.”

ProQuest has played a key worldwide role in preservation and access to early modern history, ensuring the survival of printed works from as early as 1450. In the 1930s, the company became a pioneer of microfiche, when it filmed the contents of the vast archives of the British Library and other major libraries across England – virtually every English language book printed in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. The microfilm collection, ProQuest’s flagship Early English Books, opened these works to global study and created an avenue for preservation. It has since become the quintessential collection for study of the early modern era.

In the 1990s, ProQuest began a massive effort to capture the collection digitally. Early English Books Online enables scholars to manage, share and collaborate on their research virtually. The company even created a social network that allows the scholars who use the collection as a base for their research to connect with each other.

 

Then, early in the 21st century, ProQuest expanded the program to include major European libraries, launching Early European Books with the Danish Royal Library in Copenhagen and the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze in Italy. Digitization projects are also underway with the U.K.’s famed scientific and medical library — The Wellcome – and the National Library of the Netherlands.

 

eMop is led by Texas A&M Professors Laura Mandell, Director of the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture (IDHMC), Ricardo Gutierrez-Osuna of Computer Science, and Richard Furuta, Director of the Center for the Study of Digital Libraries (CSDL), along with  Anton DuPlessis and Todd Samuelson, book historians from Cushing Rare Books Library. The scholars earned a two-year, $734,000 development grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the work. ProQuest is one of a variety of participating publishers and software organizations that are collaborating on the project.

 

To learn more about eMOP visit http://emop.tamu.edu. For more information about ProQuest’s role in access to and preservation of the world’s knowledge, visit www.proquest.com.

 

About ProQuest (www.proquest.com)

ProQuest connects people with vetted, reliable information.  Key to serious research, the company has forged a 70-year reputation as a gateway to the world’s knowledge – from dissertations to governmental and cultural archives to news, in all its forms.  Its role is essential to libraries and other organizations whose missions depend on the management and delivery of complete, trustworthy information.

ProQuest’s massive information pool is made accessible in research environments that accelerate productivity, empowering users to discover, create, and share knowledge.

An energetic, fast-growing organization, ProQuest includes the ProQuest®, Bowker®, Dialog®, ebrary®, and Serials Solutions® businesses and notable research tools such as the RefWorks® and Pivot™ services, as well as its’ Summon® web-scale discovery service.  The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices around the world.

Serials Solutions Delivers New Contextual Research Assistance in the Summon Discovery Service

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Summon® Suggestions brings together librarian expertise, community collaboration and global usage data to enhance the discovery experience

Seattle, WA – November 1, 2012 – Serials Solutions®, a ProQuest® business has launched Summon® Suggestions, a suite of features designed to enrich the Summon discovery service with automated and contextual research assistance will lead users to better research outcomes. These features bring together a unique blend of librarian knowledge, community collaboration and global usage data to optimize the user experience and provide unprecedented research guidance at the point of need.

With Summon Suggestions, librarians can directly influence and improve the overall user experience through localized recommendations, automated search guidance and live reference help integrated seamlessly in the Summon discovery environment. Automated topical refinement suggestions embedded in the search results provide users with options to intelligently expand queries to improve results.

“Our true Software as a Service model enables us to offer libraries unprecedented levels of local customization and librarian engagement via easy-to-use administrative tools that don’t require complex local programming skills,” said John Law, vice president discovery services, Serials Solutions. “By leveraging Summon usage data from our global user community to improve discovery we are just now beginning to scratch the surface of possibilities for globally-informed data-driven features – previously the sole domain of open Web search engines – which will continue to deliver game-changing improvements for library discovery.”

Designed to deliver research help to users at the point of need, Summon Suggestions includes:

  • The new version of Database Recommender provides libraries local control over database recommendations to ensure users are directed to resources pertinent to their research and in the context of their queries. Libraries can locally curate recommendations as well as take advantage of global “community-sourced” recommendations to guide users to valuable, targeted research resources.

 

  • “Best Bets” are locally controlled, library-generated recommendations that expose users to resources such as research guides, specialized collections, library web pages, course reserves, search tips, help tools and more. “Best Bets” highlight important information and resources based on the context of a user’s query.

 

  • Related Search Suggestions provide users related concepts and expanded queries that can lead to better search results. Leveraging real-time, global Summon usage data, related searches offer users scholarly and multi-lingual suggestions for query refinement. Topical suggestions for new queries, similar to what users experience in open Web search engines, are available at the time of query entry (Autocomplete) as well as embedded within search results.

 

  • Embedded Chat and Reference Widgets allow users to receive real-time help from reference staff without leaving the Summon user interface. Libraries can seamlessly integrate and customize chat and reference widgets in the Summon environment with easy to use administration tools.

 

  • Custom Text Editor allows libraries to locally modify text in the Summon user interface to ensure their users see textual information preferred by the library. For example, libraries can locally control and edit labels and text – including error and informational messages, facets labels and limiters – in any of the 34 interface languages and dialects available in the Summon service.

 

The Summon Service

Used by more than 500 libraries in more than 40 countries, the Summon service is the first and only discovery service based on a unified index of content, leveraging its unique “match and merge” technology to combine rich metadata and full text from multiple sources to ultimately make items more discoverable. In just three years, the Summon unified index has grown from 200 million items to more than one billion items – with the vast majority of article and book content full-text searchable. Proven to increase usage of library resources, the Summon service consistently meets user expectations by delivering innovative new features for enhancing discovery.

About Serials Solutions www.serialssolutions.com

Serials Solutions provides industry-leading technology solutions for libraries worldwide. The company helps libraries work better by providing innovative, practical Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions for discovery and management. Driven by a comprehensive knowledgebase and coupled with unparalleled client support services, these solutions uniquely merge

Serials Solutions, a ProQuest business, is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

Serials Solutions Delivers New Contextual Research Assistance in the Summon Discovery Service

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Summon® Suggestions brings together librarian expertise, community collaboration and global usage data to enhance the discovery experience

 Seattle, WA – November 1, 2012 – Serials Solutions®, a ProQuest® business has launched Summon® Suggestions, a suite of features designed to enrich the Summon discovery service with automated and contextual research assistance will lead users to better research outcomes. These features bring together a unique blend of librarian knowledge, community collaboration and global usage data to optimize the user experience and provide unprecedented research guidance at the point of need.

With Summon Suggestions, librarians can directly influence and improve the overall user experience through localized recommendations, automated search guidance and live reference help integrated seamlessly in the Summon discovery environment. Automated topical refinement suggestions embedded in the search results provide users with options to intelligently expand queries to improve results.

“Our true Software as a Service model enables us to offer libraries unprecedented levels of local customization and librarian engagement via easy-to-use administrative tools that don’t require complex local programming skills,” said John Law, vice president discovery services, Serials Solutions. “By leveraging Summon usage data from our global user community to improve discovery we are just now beginning to scratch the surface of possibilities for globally-informed data-driven features – previously the sole domain of open Web search engines – which will continue to deliver game-changing improvements for library discovery.”

Designed to deliver research help to users at the point of need, Summon Suggestions includes:

  • The new version of Database Recommender provides libraries local control over database recommendations to ensure users are directed to resources pertinent to their research and in the context of their queries. Libraries can locally curate recommendations as well as take advantage of global “community-sourced” recommendations to guide users to valuable, targeted research resources.
  • “Best Bets” are locally controlled, library-generated recommendations that expose users to resources such as research guides, specialized collections, library web pages, course reserves, search tips, help tools and more. “Best Bets” highlight important information and resources based on the context of a user’s query.
  • Related Search Suggestions provide users related concepts and expanded queries that can lead to better search results. Leveraging real-time, global Summon usage data, related searches offer users scholarly and multi-lingual suggestions for query refinement. Topical suggestions for new queries, similar to what users experience in open Web search engines, are available at the time of query entry (Autocomplete) as well as embedded within search results.
  • Embedded Chat and Reference Widgets allow users to receive real-time help from reference staff without leaving the Summon user interface. Libraries can seamlessly integrate and customize chat and reference widgets in the Summon environment with easy to use administration tools.
  • Custom Text Editor allows libraries to locally modify text in the Summon user interface to ensure their users see textual information preferred by the library. For example, libraries can locally control and edit labels and text – including error and informational messages, facets labels and limiters – in any of the 34 interface languages and dialects available in the Summon service.

The Summon Service

Used by more than 500 libraries in more than 40 countries, the Summon service is the first and only discovery service based on a unified index of content, leveraging its unique “match and merge” technology to combine rich metadata and full text from multiple sources to ultimately make items more discoverable. In just three years, the Summon unified index has grown from 200 million items to more than one billion items – with the vast majority of article and book content full-text searchable. Proven to increase usage of library resources, the Summon service consistently meets user expectations by delivering innovative new features for enhancing discovery.

About Serials Solutions www.serialssolutions.com

Serials Solutionsprovides industry-leading technology solutions for libraries worldwide. The company helps libraries work better by providing innovative, practical Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions for discovery and management. Driven by a comprehensive knowledgebase and coupled with unparalleled client support services, these solutions uniquely merge

Serials Solutions, a ProQuest business, is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

Serials Solutions Summon Service Expands Japanese-language Content with Japan Medical Abstracts Society

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Mutual customers will have access to article abstracts from 5,800 journals

Seattle, WA – October 29, 2012 – Serials Solutions®, a ProQuest® business and the Japan Medical Abstracts Society (JAMAS) have dramatically improved access to Japanese-language article abstracts in Ichushi-Web through the Summon® web-scale discovery service. The inclusion of metadata from the JAMAS abstracting and indexing database for more than 5,800 journals covering medicine, dentistry and pharmacy subjects will be available to mutual subscribers of each company’s service.

Researchers will be able to discover a vast collection of Japanese-language materials in physiology, biochemistry, clinical medicine, nursing and social medical fields – alongside their library’s other resources. The expansion of content in the Summon unified index is very valuable for medical libraries. Users benefit from an interface available in more than 32 languages and dialects, advanced native language searching capabilities and language-tuned relevancy for 17 languages.

“The breadth of medical topics in Ichushi-Web supports our mission of providing comprehensive coverage of Japanese-language materials,” said John Law, vice president discovery services, Serials Solutions. “Researchers searching for this authoritative Japanese-language content will value our advanced features which make the discovery experience easier, while delivering more relevant results.”

The Summon Service

Used by more than 500 libraries in more than 40 countries, the Summon service is the first and only discovery service based on a unified index of content, leveraging its unique “match and merge” technology to combine rich metadata and full text from multiple sources to ultimately make items more discoverable. In just three years, the Summon unified index has grown from 200 million items to more than one billion items – with the vast majority of article and book content full-text searchable. Proven to increase usage of library resources, the Summon service consistently meets user expectations by delivering innovative new features for enhancing discovery.

About Serials Solutions www.serialssolutions.com

Serials Solutions provides industry-leading technology solutions for libraries worldwide. The company helps libraries work better by providing innovative, practical Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions for discovery and management. Driven by a comprehensive knowledgebase and coupled with unparalleled client support services, these solutions uniquely merge unsurpassed understanding of libraries. Serials Solutions is a dedicated partner of libraries working to remain vital and relevant to their users and communities.

Serials Solutions, a ProQuest business, is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

Self-Publishing Sees Triple-Digit Growth in Just Five Years, Says Bowker®

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

CreateSpace, Smashwords and Author Solutions dominate infrastructure landscape

October 24, 2012 (New Providence, NJ) – The number of self-published books produced annually in the U.S. has nearly tripled, growing 287 percent since 2006, and now tallies more than 235,000 print and “e” titles, according to a new analysis of data from Bowker® Books In Print and Bowker® Identifier Services. The research explores the dramatic U.S. growth of an area once relegated to the fringes of publishing. It finds that while production increases are occurring in both print and e-book formats, the latter is driving the greatest percentage gains. It also shows that while self-publishing may seem like a cottage industry, it is dominated by large firms that offer publishing services to individual authors.

“Self-publishing is now supported by a sophisticated and highly accessible support structure,” said Beat Barblan, Director of Identifier Services for Bowker, an affiliate of information powerhouse ProQuest. “It’s provided everyone who has a story to tell with a method for sharing it and leveled the playing field to an unprecedented degree. This is no longer just vanity presses at work – self-publishing is out of the dark corners and making its way into the mainstream. Notable success stories include a number of self-published authors landing their titles onto the prestigious New York Times bestseller list for ebook fiction.”

Bowker’s research into self-publishing was prompted by an earlier study that showed 2011’s 148,424 self-published print books represented about 43 percent of that year’s total traditional print output and contributed to the first significant expansion in print production since 2007. While print accounts for 63 percent of self-published books, e-books are gaining fast.  E-book production in 2011 was 87,201, up 129 percent over 2006. Print grew 33 percent in the same period.    

While self-publishing is a DIY undertaking, Bowker’s analysis shows its infrastructure is made up of a handful of large firms. In 2011, CreateSpace dominated the print segment, supporting the creation of 58,412 titles (39 percent of self-published print books).   Smashwords topped the e-book producers with 40,608 titles (nearly 47 percent of total self-published e-books).  The combined divisions of Author Solutions (part of Penguin Group) produced a total of 47,094 titles and Lulu Enterprises checks in with 38,005 titles. The Bowker analysis shows that beyond these four players, no company has more than 10 percent of market share.

Small presses, a category that is defined as publishers who have produced 10 or fewer books, accounted for 34,107 self-published titles — 21,256 print and 12,851 e-books — in 2011. Print book production by small presses increased more than 74 percent between 2006 and 2011 — hearty growth that’s dwarfed by CreateSpace’s 1702 percent increase during the same period.

While marketing their works remains the next great hurdle for self-published authors, Bowker research points to major influencers within their control. Bowker surveys of book consumer habits show that authors can effectively reach more readers with online excerpts, retailer recommendations and customer reviews. 

Bowker is the official ISBN Agency for the United States and its territories. The Books In Print® database derives a valuable portion of its information from these ISBN assignments, providing the nation’s most comprehensive view of book production. The Self-Publishing Report and other Bowker® Market Research studies that illuminate the business of books are available at http://www.bookconsumer.com/

About Bowker® (www.bowker.com)

Bowker is the world’s leading provider of bibliographic information and management solutions designed to help publishers, booksellers, and libraries better serve their customers. Creators of products and services that make books easier for people to discover, evaluate, order, and experience, the company also generates research and resources for publishers, helping them understand and meet the interests of readers worldwide. Bowker, a ProQuest affiliate, is the official ISBN Agency for the United States and its territories. The company is headquartered in New Providence, New Jersey, with additional operations in England and Australia.

Serials Solutions Appoints Kevin Stehr as Vice President of Global Sales

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Accomplished sales executive brings content and technology expertise to SaaS business for academic libraries

 

Seattle, WA – October 22, 2012 – Serials Solutions®, a ProQuest® business, announced Kevin Stehr as the new Vice President of Global Sales. In this role, Stehr will drive business growth through customer acquisition, retention and overall client satisfaction. Stehr will develop strategic operations plans and sales strategies to enhance customer experience and ensure a customer-centric approach to business.

“Kevin’s progressive career path includes strategic leadership, business analysis and customer relationship management,” said Michael Gersch, senior vice president and general manager of Serials Solutions. “His track record of high performance, cross-functional collaboration and talent development will contribute to our growth strategy – and we are delighted he is joining our team at such an exciting time for the company.”

“Serials Solutions’ market leadership and reputation for exceptional products and superior customer service are just a few of the reasons I’m attracted to this opportunity,” said Mr. Stehr. “I’m looking forward to developing a strategy that will leverage the company’s heritage and new solutions like Intota.”

Prior to joining Serials Solutions, Stehr held various senior sales and strategy positions for LexisNexis.  Most recently he was Vice President of Sales for LexisNexis Litigation Software, Hosting & Professional Services, where he repeatedly drove double digit growth and was responsible for technology and services supporting improved client workflow across multiple markets. Prior to assuming this role, Stehr was responsible for research content sales, as well as multiple leadership roles in the organization including Vice President of Strategic Planning, where he managed the company’s strategic direction, which focused on meeting the needs of its customers in the evolving practice of litigation. Stehr was recognized with the CEO Senior Leadership Excellence Award, Circle of Excellence award and was behind two patents for innovations that have generated $26 million in revenue.

Prior to joining LexisNexis, Stehr was a senior trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Defense, as well as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Washington. His work focused on litigation with an emphasis on representing the interests of the federal government in administrative, as well as federal court proceedings.

Stehr holds a BA in Political Science from University of Kansas, a JD from University of Missouri and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

About Serials Solutions

Serials Solutions provides industry-leading technology solutions for libraries worldwide. The company helps libraries work better by providing innovative, practical Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions for discovery and management. Driven by a comprehensive knowledgebase and coupled with unparalleled client support services, these solutions uniquely merge unsurpassed understanding of libraries. Serials Solutions is a dedicated partner of libraries working to remain vital and relevant to their users and communities.

Serials Solutions, a ProQuest business, is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

www.serialssolutions.com