Self-publishing sees massive growth

The self publishing sector has grown 287% in the last five years, with more than 200,000 titles published last year in the US.

Self-publishing is becoming "mainstream", with new figures revealing the number of do-it-yourself books published in the US has exploded, tripling in the last five years to reach almost quarter of a million titles in 2011.

New analysis from Bowkerwhich issues ISBNs for books published in the US – shows that writers are jumping into self-publishing at an unprecedented rate. The number of self-published books in America grew by 287% to 235,625 books between 2006 and 2011.

Self-published ebooks make up 37% of that total, with 87,201 released in 2011, and are the fastest-growing sector, up 129% since 2010, with print growing 33% in the same period.

The UK was not part of the new analysis, though some books published in the UK will also have been assigned an ISBN in the US.

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