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2% to 148,311. Because Bowker is measuring the number of ISBN self-published works, e-books edited by writers through Amazon's KDP programme are not considered, as they use ASIN identifier and not ISBN.
At 11%, the growth in the number of self-published printed publications was lower than the 34% growth in 2015 compared to 2014. Whereas the number of self-published e-books declined in 2016, the decrease was more sluggish than the 11% decrease in 2015. Amazon's CreateSpace was by far the biggest publishing house for self-published printed publications with 501,043 publications.
Production increased by 18.2% compared to 2015. With 41,907 shares, Lulu was in second place, a decrease of 5.1%. Blurb, who last year produced 21,365 self-published tracks, came third. Last year Authors Solutions issued 19,270 self-published printed publications (over several imprints), a decrease of 6.4%.
Smashwords had the highest share on the e-book side with 89,041 shares, a decrease of 8.2% compared to 2015. With 33,336 shares, Lulu ranked second, a decrease of 5.2%. Authors Solutions Imprint issued 11,018 e-books, a 175% leap. Authoring solution growth reflects a recovery in the number of e-books that have been posted; 8,634 e-books in 2015 and 18,846 in 2012.
Since 2011, Bowker noted that the number of self-publishers' ISBNs has increased by 218% from 247,210 to 786,935.
Forecasts for the self-publishing industry in 2016
Looking ahead to the year ahead, the self-publishing community will no doubt surprise us with a few new upsets. So I thought it appropriate to take a break to gather some forecasts for 2016 from some of the professionals who have a literal hand in the pie cemeal changes in the game.
This includes the creator of Smashwords, one of the world's leading self-publishing plattforms, as well as marketers, publisher and blogger. "I' ve no definite forecasts for 2016. B&N could fill up this year - and that would result in a page containing mainly Amazon and indie bookshops.
Large publishing houses will not provide a big benefit over independent producers if Amazon becomes the main point of sales. "To me, one recent move I have seen is a move towards truly international market, especially among the established independent writers (i.e. not the illustrious ones who make a living from their writings and are looking for ways to grow and make more by expanding their revenue streams).
Unlike Ricardo Fayet, Joanna Penn believes: "As the eBooks worldwide eBook sales continue to grow, the writers will go far and make more of their revenue from export. "At the beginning of the year, I was blogging about how Amazon merchandise is encouraging Kindle clients to subscribe to Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime to enjoy reading free music.
And I think the whole sector is ignoring the long-term impact of Amazon's approach here (no wonder, because although Amazon works with astonishing visibility and visibility, most market observers and news outlets still don't see how Amazon's one-of-a-kind self-publishing approach will overthrow the publishing sector completely). On the basis of these market leaders' predictions, 2016 will be another year of openness for those who have opted for self-publishing.
Selling, distributing, technological, automation, brand-name advertising, there seems to be an overarching issue of personalisation where you can take advantage of what works best for you. I think from my own point of view that independent authors will concentrate more on today's'new consumer'. Raised on a constant diet of immediate satisfaction, this is a volatile alertness markets as demonstrated by their appeal to new moving community applications, such as Snapchat.
Recognising their tastes, it is becoming increasingly obvious that in 2016 it will be a pivotal factor in gaining more from this world. So if your website isn't'mobile optimized' for 2016, think carefully about how to include it in your strategy and how to use the platform to get to this new population.
In any case, please let us know your thoughts on these self-publication forecasts and let us know your own 2016 forecasts. It is our pleasure to make our independent writers feel good.